READING: A Helmet For My Pillow by Robert Leckie. Mark and I recently watched The Pacific, a WWII film series about several men who served in the Pacific and the battles they fought in at the time, see link here. The movie was based on several books by veterans, Robert Leckie one of them, accounts of their time in the Marines in action in the Pacific during WWII. Wonderful reading...firsthand accounts always fascinating to me.
SWIMMING NEWS: Matt is down at IU enjoying his new swim team and working hard. The IU swim program includes much more dryland and Matt, believe it or not, has gotten as far as he has in the swimming world with no running or weight training work, etc. This, however, is not the case with the rest of the team, so Matt is working hard to try and get used to all these new bits in his routine. The actual swimming part he is enjoying very much. Here are some photos from the Freshman Swimmer Orientation/Parent Meeting.
Matt and his roommate, Ian...also a swimmer (guess you could tell that by the hair, right?), someone Matt has known through the years, Matt's swim club swimming against Ian's each year.
Some of Matt's new freshmen teammates and his sprint coach: Mike, Coach Mike, Matt, and Steve.
Head Coach Loos with the Freshmen Carmel Connection: Matt and Lauren. It's so nice to have Matt and Lauren on the IU team together after all these years of swimming at CSC together.
Matt's is the one with his key chain and bicycle pump on it...something I was shocked at seeing as Matt is very very particular about out of place things (when we were moving him in, Mark tried to help him make the bed and gave up after a couple of seconds when Matt said, "I like the sheet turned down just this exact amount, and don't put that much on that side, I want it to be more like this, and I don't want that touching where my head is going to be, so can you shorten that?").
Yep, just that particular about things in his room. Further evidence.
Below: Ian and Lauren hanging out in Matt and Ian's room enjoying the time before classes start. And, finally, the last photo is Reyn ensconced in her dorm room at IU, happy to be at college at last and every bit as neat and tidy as Matt!
Matt's biggest concern about going to college was whether or not he was going to get a roommate who was neat and tidy. Fortunately, Ian seems to be just that and all is going well.