As I type this, children are in school and the house is quiet. It is nothing new to me to look at pictures and feel glad I took them. I don't know any other way to preserve memories such as these and to feel as if I'm living that moment again.
They make me a better person. I got in the pool with them today and they pretended they were my coaches helping me learn strokes properly. In the evening we worked on our stretches together. They vowed to help me get more physically fit.
Bright and early the boy was up without complaints. The orientation was so amazing that I wish I had recorded every word of it. David Taylor, a known college recruiter who was in charge of running the camp, emphasized the importance of not seeing our kids as "stars" at eleven, twelve, or thirteen years of age. The important work of learning fundamentals starts now, he said. Just making baskets without improving all other aspects of their game is futile.
Phillip paid attention and worked really hard. Days were long, ending with written homework at 10 pm or so. The point of all the hard work was to show the kids a fraction of what it would be like to be a college player. That's a dream that many of these kids may accomplish some day... if they work hard, that is. Talent without hard work means nothing in sports. That was the main lesson we took away from this experience.
Jordan Lawley (former University of California San Diego player) worked with the boys on skills and agility. He is a very dynamic young man.
Now, back to work on his craft... and on his growing as an athlete and a young man.
It starts with a car trip, several turns at Mad Libs, some talking, some listening to music. No, we don't own a DVD player (it was stolen from our garage and we never got around to buying another one) or a car that has a DVD player (our next one, maybe?).
One of these days I would like to try a book on cd. I will probably get distracted and not remember what I just heard, but the children will.
And, of course, we have this boy to entertain us:
...with a bag clip on his hair!
Our trip to San Diego was a couple of weeks ago. I will slowly post my favorite pictures. Dear husband is recovering well from knee surgery (a week ago), but I still find myself spending more time at home than usual, just helping him get his meals situated, etc... I'll try to escape to my little corner of the living room and post when I can, though.