Well, if North Dakota is the most free state in America, maybe freedom is overrated? That’s one way we Marylanders can soothe ourselves over our dismal showing in the annual Freedom in the 50 States survey conducted by George Mason University: we’re the 44th freest state in the nation, slipping two spots since 2009. But what does “freedom” mean, exactly?
Watching Emily’s entrée to college has been something like watching the manic episode of a kindergartner at her first trip to an amusement park. There are lots of fun things to do, and so many people to meet and new places to try. And the freedom of running from this thing to that one is exhilarating! We’ve talked to her on the phone maybe once or twice a week, and the words come spilling out so fast she can barely keep up with her own thoughts. She is under a magic spell, at least for now, and it is so gratifying to see.