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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

All About "E"

This post is for my dad. He'll be so happy. It's all about Eric.

Hard to believe, but school starts soon - August 18th. Eric has to read Grapes of Wrath and Inherit the Wind before then. He needs to start now!

The classes he'll be taking:

English 3
Spanish 3
Morality / Faith & Justice
Foundations of American Society / America Comes of Age
Service Project*

All juniors have to do service projects where they'll go once a week to help. At the end of their sophomore year they got to choose where they'll go. I don't remember all the choices there were, but I know one was working with special needs kids and one was working in the city with underprivileged kids. Since Eric doesn't like kids (his words), he picked a nursing home, where he'll work with the elderly. I think he'll be great at that. He's so sweet with old people.

He needs to start thinking about what he wants to major in in college besides basketball, and I found a book at the library called Career Opportunities in the Sports Industry, "featuring more than 80 jobs in: professional athletics and sports teams, business administration, coaching and education, officiating, sports journalism, recreation and fitness, wholesaling and retailing, sports medicine." He read through the whole book and tagged different careers, and said, "I actually got excited about picking a major." So he'll probably choose sports administration. Surprise, surprise. And I'm sure he'll be hitting his grandfathers up for some hockey and baseball contacts. (Isn't that what grandpas are for?)

On the basketball front, he's been practicing with both teams - school and AAU - and working out regularly. His AAU team has a tournament this weekend in Illinois, and next week we head to Kansas City for a four-day tournament.

I finally mustered up the courage to schedule his annual cardiology and echocardiogram appointment for September. It always makes me nervous. All his hard work... I hope he's in the clear, heart-wise, for another year. Again, the genetic testing showed he doesn't have Marfan's, but his aortic root is still bigger than normal so they're keeping an eye on it.

On the personal front, he and Alyssa are still together. I don't have pictures to share, but we're going to do a mini photo shoot soon (right Eric?!)

We're thinking about possibly, maybe, if we can, coming out to California for a family visit in August. It's been waaay too long (since Christmas). If all those summer vacationers would just stay home so we can go standby on Krista's pass, then we'll be good to go. Stay home, people!

Some sad news: A kid from our old neighborhood committed suicide early Saturday morning. He was at the same party as Eric earlier that night. I'm going to a candlelight vigil for him tonight. Eric has basketball practice so he can't go, but he'll go to the funeral on Saturday. The whole high school has 300 kids, so it's small, and everyone knows everyone. It's been tough. He was the neatest, cutest kid, and he played football with Taylor. Before games, he and one or two other players would huddle down on one knee and pray. So sad.

Okay, I think I've met my Eric quota for the year. JK


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