Congratulations, Erik!

Erik, the kid who basically grow up on my blogs, celebrated his eighth grade graduation last night.

Erik is arguably our most gifted child. The boy excels in both his studies – he usually earns at least second honors at the end of every quarter – and in sports – Erik has done well in soccer, track and field, and lacrosse. He will be following in Kyle’s footsteps and attending Father Judge High School, where he will be following Kyle again on the lacrosse team.

The mass and subsequent ceremony were lovely. Erik and the five other eighth graders from the band – three female violinists, Eric (clarinet), Jomal (trombone) and my Erik on drums – played during Communion. While he didn’t win a scholarship, he did receive the Charles Canuso Award, “awarded for great effort in all subjects.”

The award also came with a $25 check. Score!

It’s a bittersweet time for Erik, because some of his friends are attending other schools, and Father Judge is an all-boys institution, so he won’t see his female friends much anymore. Thankfully, he is friends with most of his classmates on Instagram, so they will keep in touch…

Erik’s eight grade dance was held Tuesday night on the Spirit of Philadelphia; a small ship which cruises the Delaware River. His crew, Aaron, Eric, James, Erik, and Jomal (below), was dressed for bear.

While I was worried Erik would be a wallflower, apparently he mingled with boys and girls, and even took a picture with one of his favorite classmates, a very nice, crazy cute girl named Regan. Erik and his crew spent the night eating, laughing, and dancing.

And speaking of, Erik was challenged to a dance-off by a kid from another school. For some reason, the kid has a $100 bill and stated he would put it up when he lost. Erik obviously doesn’t carry $100 bills around – neither does his parents – but he danced anyway. Both the boys and girls judged Erik the winner, but the kid left without ponying up the $100 bill.

Oh well, at least he impressed the ladies.

8 thoughts on “Congratulations, Erik!

  1. Congrats to Erik! These pics of him make me feel old because as you stated we have watched him grow up on this blog. Also, congrats to mom and dad on your parenting skills.

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  2. Ronni – Thank you. It was a good week for Erik, and today there is a class party at a local swim club. I was very proud of him for the award, and I know he’ll excel in high school.

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  3. Congrats Erik! Keep making your parents proud. And keep playing drums… I did it for a few years myself, and actually made a modest living at it.

    Wyatt, you and the missus are truly blessed. Stay safe.

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  4. MelP – Thank you.

    Ingineer – The pastor mentioned the dancing at graduation, and while he said he wouldn’t mention any names, he looked directly at Erik when he said it.

    Toothy – Thanks!

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