Note: This has no connection to the article below: It is an historical day! Space Shuttle Discovery made her last landing this morning! She was glorious, graceful, and so beautiful, as she approached earth after her final mission! My heart was lumpy with a deep-etched sadness as this marked the beginning of the end of the Space Shuttle program. (SRama)Sabitha, yes, Discovery is sure coming near your town to replace Enterprise. I apologize for the long post . it is in two parts.. Since yesterday I was recalling those moments…. This happened a few years ago when we were in my elder son’s college town for a visit. One evening my husband had a dinner meeting so we three, my elder son (K1), younger son (K2), and I, decided to go out to dinner. K1 was very happy and wanted to take us to his favorite place. So we went by train to the “Square”! There were youth all around us with two Universities close by. First we went to his favorite Italian hang out. K1 went in to find out how crowded the place was but came back soon saying that it was very loud inside. We walked for some distance then turned into an alley to his another favorite hang-out. The smell wafting towards us was indeed wonderful and I was looking forward to enjoying a good meal. K1 went in and came back – same reason-too loud. We were slowly walking back to the main road when I spotted an Indian restaurant. But no according to K1, the food there was very ordinary, not like my cooking, so was totally unacceptable. Reaching the main road I saw a Chinese restaurant and suggested we go there. But seeing the 101 contortions K1’s face went through no more was said. By now we had spent close to three quarters of an hour walking here and there; I was getting hungry and my feet were beginning their protest. “Mom, there is a very nice Mexican place on the other side, let’s go there!” So the three of us trudged all the way towards the station and beyond. We turned into another alley and reached the Mexican place where young men and women were spilling out on to the street. K1 had walked ahead to reserve tables but I saw him coming back with speed. “Mom let’s not go there! They are all drinking and dancing.“ I said, “That’s OK; we are just going for food”. But he shook his head with an emphatic “NO”! I was so tired and hungry and looked into his face to express my unhappiness. I was stunned into silence at what I saw in my child’s face! I saw realization that all these places that he found enjoyable with friends were not of the class to take his mother; I saw pain, frustration and disappointment that he didn’t know of a fine dining establishment where he could have taken his mom with confidence! In addition to all these I saw responsibility and something else in his eyes that told me at that moment my little son had grown up! Forever! For me it was a bittersweet moment. continued..