Are you enjoying the Olympics? The boys have been glued to the TV (and internet) to keep up with the men's hockey team. Go Zach Parise and Team USA! And all other USA competitors. Always fun to watch.
It's that time of year...the end of the high school hockey season. Sniff sniff. Especially hard this year since Jack is a senior. Benilde-St. Margaret's had our "Senior Knight" celebration yesterday. It's hard to believe we were the ones walking out on the ice to join our senior son before his last high school home hockey game. I thought I'd be okay, but not so. Tears filled my eyes as soon as I stepped onto the ice. And, once again, the crowd cheered so loud for Jack. Always warms our hearts.
I remember when Jack made the varsity team as a sophomore. I was giddy, nervous, anxious and filled with pride. Making the BSM hockey team was a huge goal in his young life. I can still see him entering the ice, doing a little hop that must be in his genes - Jack always looked like Mike when he'd start his skate.
Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that Jack would roll onto the ice in a power chair for Senior Knight. But never in our wildest dreams did we anticipate the incredible support that we've received in the last two years. It has truly kept us going. You have no idea...
Our hearts are filled with appreciation and joy. We're grateful to Coach Pauly for keeping Jack active and involved in the BSM hockey program. We're grateful for the opportunities that have come his way and how they've enhanced his life. We don't know what's next, but we do know that Jack's love for the sport will find a way to keep him in the world of hockey.
And speaking of what's next...pause...deep breath...college. It's tough enough to tackle post-high school thoughts, but add Jack's situation to the picture and oh. my. gosh. Panic attacks. Jack has applied to six schools, has been admitted to three so far. Still have three more to hear from.
It's mind-boggling to think of how we're going to manage this next step in his life. But, we will. We have to. Others have done it and so will we.
In the meantime, it's important that we enjoy the last few months of Jack's high school days. I still remember mine (sooooo many years ago!) and they're filled with memories that I'll always treasure.
Not much else is new. Jack's progress has been status-quo, but that's not unusual at this point.
As always, we appreciate your continued support and your patience with me as I know I've been slow at posting updates.