Monday, March 28, 2011
“It takes a leap of faith to get things going, it takes a leap of faith you got to show some guts.”
Leap of Faith by Bruce Springsteen
March Madness is down to the final four. There are no number one seeds left. UConn, Kentucky, Butler and VCU are left standing: a three seed, four seed, eight seed, and eleven seed, respectfully. I picked UConn and Kentucky to be there in both of my brackets. I won both of them, the one with all my housemates and the one with my family. Total winnings equal one hundred and forty five dollars. It has been a lucky two weekends for me.
This past weekend was another good one. Friday we went to New Jersey for Lauren Roth’s wedding. She was our old babysitter from Hazlet and close family friend. The wedding was a reunion for our old Hazlet neighborhood. It was great to se the Papcun’s again, and the Roth’s and Farrell’s and everyone. It made me a little sad. Thinking abut how close we would be if we never moved away. Mostly I just wish I had strong ties from childhood like most people who have lived one place their whole lives do. At this age I am grateful for moving so much. I have seen and been part of many different cultures. I also have friends all over the country even though some I haven’t seen in years.
We started the day Saturday with visits to all our grandparents. First Nana then Grandpa Ed and Grandma Barbara. Seeing Nana was very nice, but also very sad. It’s hard to see her around the nursing home with all the other old people who are losing it. At one point she said, in her slow speech, “I don’t like it here. Sometimes I can’t remember who’s who and what’s what.” I think that brought Courtney to tears. Every now and then she was still with it and knew what was going on other times she was lost and even she knew it. She also called everyone ‘mama’. I guess it is her new thing. It was comical, sad and strange. After Nana we had lunch at Grandpa Eds. He is still recovering from the triple bypass surgery. He looked good and sounded good. Grandma Barbara walked over to say hi as well.
Saturday night we met up with the O’Brien Family in the city for dinner and a play. I enjoyed the play (Catch Me if You Can) but I did not enjoy the dinner.
Sunday I took Luke to a field and played baseball. My dad met us there too. I threw him batting practice, hit him grounders and worked on his catching. I love playing baseball. My arm is sore as shit today but it was a good time. Next weekend Luke’s team is going to Maryland for a start of the season tournament. I am going as well of course. It should be a good time.
Man, my Nana and playing baseball with my brother. Two things near and dear to my heart. These are the kind of entries I'm glad I wrote down. They spark memories and feelings that I haven't visited in a while and may have forgot if I wasn't able to read them back all these years later.
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