All winter and spring, there have been several verbal references from coaches about inviting my athlete on an official visit to their individual schools this fall. Now, a formal, written letter has arrived from one of her favorite schools, asking her to choose a date for her official visit there this autumn. Of course it is exciting for her, but for me, as the parent, I am just struck with how all the speculation, wondering, etc. is now becoming "real" - we are moving on the next phase of this process. Just a little stunned, but in a good way - didn't expect things like this quite so early.....! Wow.