One Morning I Woke up and I Knew that You were Really Gone…

It was an odd week around here, knowing that Mom was no longer with us. I found myself weepy at odd moments, easily angered by the smallest things and talking to Mom (myself) more than I care to admit. It was a short week, with us being off on Monday for Labor Day. You know, I didn’t watch a single second of the Jerry Lewis Telethon this year…was it even on? I never saw it advertised and I don’t remember seeing it when we were channel surfing either. I think that is the first time that has ever happened for me; I have watched it every year as far back as I can remember – many years with Mom when I was young…
On Tuesday, it was obviously difficult to get back in to the work / school groove for all of us. It was a very long day at work for me, personally. Rob tried to go in to work as well but had to leave and go back home – it was just too soon for him. My boss was gone on vacation but managed to send condolences and offered the week off. It was good for me to be at work to take my mind off things. Thankfully Rob also has a very cool boss and offered him the week off as well. Ann and I left early and headed all the way down to Lawrenceburg to watch and the 7th grade volleyball team face-off against the Greendale Middle School. They were a formidable foe and both games went back and forth but in the end, the Pirates captured yet another victory and brought their record to 5-1 on the season. I didn’t stick around to watch the 8th graders – I was infuriated. Abby had sat on the bench the entire game and did not play a single second. I felt it was a complete waste of time for Ann & I. We took time away from our work (Ann & I both hold prominent positions in our organizations), which is valuable time, spent money on gas ($4 per gallon), put an hour and half of wear & tear on the car, paid for admission and for what? Poor Abby was pissed. I feel bad for her. She is a good athlete and is used to contributing to her team on a regular basis – she has always been a starter on every team she has ever played on…and although I don’t doubt she needs to work at this new sport (to her) – she needs practice and game experience. She’s every bit as good as many of the kids playing on the floor. It’s not like they don’t make mistakes as well. I wrote an email to coach to see what’s going on, but thankfully had Ann proofread it. After discussing it, we decided I shouldn’t send it. I just don’t want to waste Abby’s time either. When she gets home late from away games and has to stay up past 11 pm to do homework – that is dedication. But if she isn’t going to play in games (she would tell me later that she doesn’t even get much floor time in practice!), it simply becomes a social club for her and she is relegated to cheerleader. That – to me – is a waste of time for her. If this is the way the season is going to be, it will be difficult for me to attend games because it drives me insane to see her sitting on the sidelines, longing to play. But enough of that rant…meanwhile, Coach Messer picked up Luke from Gma’s house for football practice and brought him back (thanks again, Brian!) while we were on the road. Later that evening, we had a coach’s planning meeting out at Brian’s house. We sat in his bar and had a few lagers while talking football with the other coaches. We ended up staying late and even drank a shot in Mom’s memory of some nice Crown Black while smoking a stogie. It was a great night…or should I say morning. I think I finally rolled in to bed about 3 to get at least a couple hours of sleep. I think we have a good game plan against the White team that should work tomorrow night. I will be excited to see if our plans work out like we think – should be a good game. We were very proud of Abby as the Student Council results were announced and Abby was one of four of her classmates to be elected by her peers!! Way to go, Bu!

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It rained all day on Wednesday. For some reason, I was a little tired (hmmm, I wonder why?). Ann & I left work early again – this time to get back home for Luke’s football game at North Park. We had called Brian to see if the game was still on and he said it was. We would play in the rain – as long as there was no lightning. The rain was just starting to clear up when we were coming through Hartsville and wouldn’t you know it – we received the call that the game had just then been cancelled. So at least we had an early night. It was nice to just relax for once. By game time, it was finally sunny. Abby had volleyball & jazz dance practice while Matt had a good football practice with lots of defensive reps…I guess we’ll see if it pays off on Friday night. Tonight was opening night for the NFL as the Cowboys beat the Giants! Danny & Curtis sent a very nice mum for us to plant in Mom’s memory. It was huge! I also found several cool pictures on Facebook, including a great one of Mom with Katie during her last visit back home, my old friends Kevin & Lavonne and their girls, Barney selling another home and my work friend Stephanie riding Philip’s moped during her big move this past weekend.

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Oh my God, was it ever muggy on Thursday – whew!! It was nasty and I found it difficult to breathe outdoors. We drove through pea soup on the way in to work – visibility was about 100 feet, I’d say. Matt had another good football practice and Ann & I left early again for a volleyball game. We met Mom O and Luke at the game. The Pirates played Columbus Central Middle School – yet another good team. They were no match for the 7th grade netters however and they Pirates again swept them in 2 games. The girls have now rattled off 6 victories in a row! Bu got some PT in the 2nd game during garbage time. I was again frustrated due to her lack of participation and left directly afterwards to take Luke to practice where we did a lot of running. Afterward, we grabbed drive through from BK and headed home to eat, shower and finish up homework. Meanwhile, the girls had left the volleyball game and gone on over to Dixon Dance for Abby’s tap dance class. They finally decided on a song – and it’s a fun one, using Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Wild Child.”

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Friday was another long ,hot, crazy day. Ann took the day off and I went in late as we both attended Matt’s varsity letter / letter jacket presentation. I had no idea it was such a big deal at this school. I remember we just went down to the bookstore there in school and Ann took the day off and I went in late as we attended Matt’s letter jacket presentation. I had no idea it was such a big deal. When I was in school, we just bought ours from the bookstore. But the whole school was there as well as several parents. Matt was one of 65 underclassman students to receive their letter and jacket from the school. They had a guest speaker (the bank president that donated all the jackets). Congrats, Matt!! He had a blast hanging with his good buddies Joel and Joe. We travelled all the way down to Lawrenceburg again that evening. The #13 ranked Pirates squared off with a tough Tigers team that has an outstanding senior running back – Chad Banschbach who ended running for over 150 yards in this game. The Pirates were fired up for the game but were besieged with penalties. We had a halftime lead but came out flat in the second half. The fans were loud and boisterous during the game and the kids seemed to feed off our energy. The kids battled hard on the field and held their own in a clash of two undefeated teams. The Pirates scored a go-ahead TD late in the game and the defense just needed to hold on for about 2 minutes. However, the Tigers came right back and scored on the very first play after giving up the touchdown. They made their extra point to pull ahead by one (we had missed one previously). We brought the ball right back down the field and pulled up at the 30 yard line for a long field goal attempt. It was blocked but even then it wasn’t quite over as the Pirates grabbed the loose ball and rumbled towards the endzone. They came up a little short, however, as the runner was finally tacked just outside the 10 yard line. Matt played a majority of the time at defensive tackle – especially in the 2nd half, but he played on and off in the 1st half as well. He recorded 3 tackles, including 1 sack – according to my unofficial catches. The boys are now 3-1 and ranked #13 in 3A football. We brought two of Abby’s friends to the game with us – her good friend Kenzi and a neighbor boy, Ty. Luke and Ty played football with about a dozen other coaches’ kids. There was nasty weather in the area and the game was threatened by it the whole time. On the way back, I tried to stay ahead of it, but we started getting dumped on with about 20 minutes outside of Greensburg. There were tornado warnings, lightning, wind – and of course lots and lots of rain. Visibility was only a few yards – especially when we were behind a stupid semi. We got back in to town safely and stopped by Little Caesar’s for a quick dinner. About that time, the tornado sirens started going off and I was accidentally flipping water from my wipers in through the ordering window (oops). The girl working the window was very nice. We quickly made our purchase and moved out in to the parking lot where we paused briefly for a moment to get everything arranged. As we sat in the pouring rain with the winds howling, the sirens sounding and the kids tensions heightened, there came a knock on the car window! My first instinct was to flee, so I mashed the petal down only to see the Little Caesar’s gal in my side mirror. I rolled down my window and asked her if everything was OK. She said nothing but simply handed me my debit card and ran back inside (about a 20 second sprint from where we were!). When we got home, Ann had me call her and thank her for going above and beyond in odd circumstances. They will definitely get more business from us from now on!! The kids and their friends all ate back at home where Kenzi spent the night and Ty stayed for a couple hours. We laughed for an hour, recalling everything we had just been through. Ty was a good sport and let the girls put makeup on him and take pictures (sucker!). Once things finally calmed down and the storm passed us by, Ann ran Ty home and I went and picked up Matt.

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On Saturday, Ann took Bu & Kenzi up to Megan’s new home to spend the day / night. Matt had football practice in the school pool. Luke & I went over and mowed at Mom & Sandy’s house. Gigi made me a CD of Mom I had saved a couple voicemails from my cell phone. I will probably the audio with some pictures and upload them here soon. She also included a very sweet, very sad song montage. We came back and Ann had made some tasty baked pasta (what was that, honey?). It was really good; I hope you make it again soon! As Luke cleaned up the play room, I mowed/trimmed our yard. Both yards this week were in bad need of a cut since we finally got some rain. Luke & I got ice cream from Dairy Point when we dropped Matt off at Joel’s house, where he was headed to go play Airsoft guns and spend the night playing Xbox until 3 or 4 am! Luke finished up the playroom and got to ride the Stingray and go-kart for a little bit. It was a lovely day in the 70s with a slight breeze – absolutely perfect!!! We caught the Purdue game on TV vs Notre Dame. The Boilers looked pretty good but came up just a little short as the Fighting Irish won by a slight margin. We watched the NASCAR races that ran late in to the night after a lengthy rain delay. Jeff barely made the chase, charging through the field in the late stages of the race to edge out Kyle Busch by one point – I loved it! At some point during the overnight, we got toilet papered. So we were up early on Sunday morning, cleaning up the front yard. It was a shame too – we had cut the yard and it looked so nice (full and green) for the first time in months…and now it is filled with small pieces of TP. Such a shame…

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Luke had football on Sunday. We first did pictures for Luke’s pee wee football team. We were excited to see the girls that do our family pictures from Artistic Photography. Next, Matt came out and refereed the C, B (us) & A-league games at North Park. Abby helped with the “Chain Gang” on the sideline for Lukey’s game. Matt was mostly the side judge. I coached (or just yelled a lot, as Ann put it) while my better half took pictures and chatted with Coach Messer’s wife, Angie. Luke played placekicker, guard on the offensive line, defensive tackle as well as kicker on the kickoff and center, front row for kickoff return, where he recovered an onside kick! He kicked a successful onside kick, hammered two 30+ yard kicks, made 2-4 extra points (scoring 4 points for the team!), achieved 2 pancakes and four tackles, including a sack! The Pirates Blue team looked really good in only their second game of the year on route to a thrashing of South Decatur, 28-8. The boys are now 2-0 on the year. We mercy-ruled them when we went up 28-0. By rule, they got the ball on the 20 yard line and an endless amount of downs until they score. We put in our second-stringers and allowed them to score eventually just so we could get our offense back on the field. Afterwards, Luke & I watched the A league game with a few of his teammates until we got bored and started our own game behind the near side end zone. When all was said and done at North Park, we drove home, picked up the girls and went out to celebrate the victory at El Reparo and relax with a margarita. We came home and finished up our weekly chores around the house, flopped on the couch and watched Payton Manning & his new team – the Broncos – beat the Steelers on TV.

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Here this week’s videos, including 4 new home movies and several others from around the ‘net.

Next up is our Shit that Luke Says segment.
On Tuesday night, we picked Luke up from Mom O’s house. One of the stories she related to use was that of Luke on his way from school with Grandma. He says to her, “I will be stuck with your car, Grandma. Since Matt gets the Crossfire & Abby gets the jeep when you guys die, I guess I’ll have your car. I’m going to customize it though – I will cut the top off and put big tires on it. But if you come with me, we’ll have to get a ladder because you’ll be 85 and too old to get in the car by yourself.” And then on Thursday night after football practice, Luke & I ran through BK drive through. When he opened up his burger back home and put it on his plate, he started to pick off the sesame seeds from his bun. He gets about three of them off, turns to me and excitedly says, “Daddy, let’s plant these seeds and grow some hamburgers!”

And finally, we close as always with our Waybac section. Getting back to our Gil Hutton Collection, we have another batch of the Scheu family pictures. Included in this first half batch are: a couple of Aunt Sue’s wedding which include Granny & Grandpa Scheu, Uncle Chuck and Aunt Sally in April of 1961; and several of Cathy in 1964 & 1965.

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Our final half of this batch, we have several of John & June’s wedding in December of 1968, which include pix of Granny & Grandpa Scheu and some real good ones of the McKenzie’s; many of Cathy in 1970; and another one of Stephen in November of 1978.

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And that puts a wrap on this week’s edition of the Scheu Family Blog. As always, thanks for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you next time. Until then have a good one. We miss you, Mom…
Later, Scheu

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