Our oldest is 15 and a Junior in High School. Yes, he's an overachiever. He skipped 1st grade then when we transferred back to the states from over seas, he was placed into 8th grade instead of 7th. Despite being younger than his classmates, he still excels in everything he does so when we got the invitation for him to try out for the So Cal Select Side Rugby team this past summer, we weren't that surprised.
He made that team and went off to Colorado and Canada to play rugby and had an absolute ball, but unbeknownst to us, his talents were being observed from afar. Early Wednesday morning last week, while I was away on a business trip, my husband's, my son's, and my email in-box received a message. In my groggy 6:30AM had too much wine last night fog brain, I glanced at my phone, didn't recognize the name of the person that sent the message and thought "Oh goodie, another advertisement from a company that I didn't sign up for!", I rolled over and didn't think much more of it. Until my phone rang. It was my girlfriend who also has an insanely talented son and the first words out of her mouth were, "I saw Ian's name on the list! Did you read the e-mail?!?!?" Erm....good morning to you too and....what?
I sat up in bed, rubbed my eyes, grabbed my computer and check my email. The message I had received was from the High School All American Rugby Team. Ian was being invited to their camp in a few weeks. This is the precursor to being invited to try out for the team! Ian is being looked at as a High School All American rugby player!
We've been riding on this high for a couple of weeks now. We've talked to Ian about being extra careful playing Football so he doesn't injure himself before the HSAA season begins.
We've also been doing a lot of college research and registering for PSATs and SATs and talking about timelines and first picks, second picks, etc. It's a daunting process, trying to navigate through application and deadline processes and then add financial aide and scholarship possibilities to the mis and it is possible our heads just might explode in the next 6 months.
Then I was at work this week and i got another one of those mystery emails making my phone vibrate cross my desk. The subject line was UCLA Rugby. Hmm...what can that be? Probably another camp opportunity our head coach wants me to forward out to everyone. I decided to check it anyway.
It wasn't from our head coach. It was from the head coach of Bruins Rugby. He was asking if Ian would be interested in attending UCLA and letting us know if it was something we wanted to pursue, he could probably help Ian get there. I'm sorry, what?!?! I think I may have let out a little squeal, but I am really not sure. We responded with a request for more information and a meet and greet with the UCLA team. We'll see what happens.
Until then, we are over the moos proud of this young man. Remember his name. It will be in lights some day, I promise.