<p>Another "Yes," tilted in a slightly different direction. D could always talk the ear off any engaged adult but was essentially a loner who recoiled from all the middle school and high school cliques, finding her niche in places like ballet, the high school orchestra, some of her AP classes, etc. </p>
<p>At college, she grew into leadership roles, became comfortably social with a very broad range of people, and, being across country, became very self-reliant on things like making travel arrangements and being able to improvise effectively when Stuff Happens.</p>
<p>Ah, going back and re-reading, I see MD Mom had a similar experience with her D.</p>
For her older brother, the college experience made him stop and think before he opened his mouth, for which we were all grateful...
Wha-- Huh? Who said-- oh dear. Are you <em>sure</em> about this? <glyph of="" reviewing="" one's="" life="" with="" consternation=""></glyph></p>