The older I get the more forgetful I’ve become. I’ve been known to walk into a room to get something and then for the life of me, I cannot remember what I was supposed to get. Perhaps my brain is running out of storage space. Or maybe I’ve got so much on my mind that I find myself completely overwhelmed.
Either way, I often joke and say I’m having a “senior moment.” (No offense intended to anyone by this comment). And, I don’t blame you for possibly thinking that my senior moments are the cause of me forgetting to post updates lately. Could be.
Now that Jack is a senior in high school, there are so many monumental moments to remember, and certainly ones I hope to never forget.
Here are a few recent highlights:
BSM Hockey. We had our team year-end banquet a few weeks ago. It was much more emotional than I had expected. Actually, I knew it would be a hard event to take in since this is the end of an era – Jack’s high school hockey days. It was time to say goodbye to a community that has been incredibly supportive of Jack and our family. Had Jack not played hockey, I wouldn’t be writing this. But, he was injured playing the sport he loved most and for such a huge tragedy, we’ve been blessed with so much goodness.
Two surprises evolved from the hockey banquet. First, Jack was the recipient of the Hobey Baker Character Award. Such an honor. Second, Coach Pauly announced that BSM will be retiring Jack’s jersey. Hardly a dry eye in the room when he said that he couldn’t imagine anyone else ever wearing #13. Wow. Such a gracious thing to do. Coach – you are truly a class act and we appreciate ALL that you’ve done for Jack.
Minneapolis Storm Hockey Association. We headed to Parade Ice Garden a few hours after the BSM hockey banquet for yet another unbelievable tribute to Jack. Although we knew about Jack’s youth hockey association retiring #13, we had no idea of the magnitude of the event.
There was an all-star hockey game that included many well-known local hockey legends and some of Jack’s line-mates from his Bantam A team. In a touching ceremony, the jersey was retired, a #13 banner hung on the wall of the arena, and the firemen presented Jack with a beautiful plaque. The crowd let out a huge cheer and of course, more tears for me. A very moving and memorable tribute by another organization that has been so very supportive.
Spring Break. Sanibel Island. A fabulous break from our wicked winter. We had a wonderful week relaxing on the beach, taking in the sun (and rain, but hey, it was warm!), and enjoying the company of some very dear friends.
Jack was a trooper. Traveling is not easy for him, yet he handled with dignity the difficulties of not having the amenities of home. Jack’s buddies and brother tended to his every need. Zack, Thomas and Max – thank you!
College. Jack received extraordinary news when we returned from Spring Break. In the pile of mail was a packet from USC. I’m sure Jack’s heart was racing as we ripped open the envelope. Out slipped a red folder with the words “Welcome to the Trojan Family.” Wahoo!!!! A dream come true.
We’re thrilled for Jack on his acceptance to such a prestigious college and its Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. His admittance to USC is for the spring semester of 2015. This is perfect since it allows us more time to prepare for such a big change. Let the planning begin…
Sensation. And last, but certainly not least, here’s an update on Jack’s progress. There are a few things to note: Jack felt a vibrating sensation in a few fingers (pinky on the left hand; pinky and ring finger on the right hand) when pressure was applied to his shoulder area AND he was able to push his toes down towards the ground a tiny bit as a result of improvement in his right ankle. Simply sensational!
Jack also showed an increase in his modified functional reach, which means he’s gained more core strength and balance, and his neck strength improved. Encouraging, for sure.
Thanks for your continued support…and patience with me for taking so long to post an update. But good news is always worth the wait, right?