Monday, May 01, 2006

How Parenting Teaches You Random Facts About Patrick Ewing

Or, Damn, The Kid's School Needs Some New Books, Yo.

So, tonight, The Kid and I had to finish his library book because it must be returned tomorrow. It is about Patrick Ewing. I learned some things I did not know:

1. Patrick Ewing was born in Jamaica
2. But then, Patrick Ewing grew up in Boston

We started the book last week, but it's a long one. We read the part about his long and storied high school basketball career. Then tonight, I was getting ready for his long college career at Georgetown followed by his long professional career. But the book ended after his first year. Huh? I checked the date on the book, and it was 1986.

Whoa. I tried to fill the story in for him. "Well, honey, mommy's really short and never played basketball and all of the boys in high school had boy-crushes on Michael Jordan, but I think Patrick Ewing played for a super long time for the Knicks, and I think that he played for the Orlando Magic at some point." Oh, shit, this is definitely where dads come in handy.

Next time the school library needs some money for new books, I'm so there. I can't be expected to fill in for all of sports history. At least, not for sports history that doesn't involve John Elway.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Huh. At least you knew who Patrick Ewing was. I thought you were making a reference to Dallas and would go on to speak of J.R. and Pam. he he

Beans said...

Auntie Beans just wiki'd the man and you can tell "the Kid" that right before reading this I walked by his old high school!!!!! Cambridge Rindge & Latin!

Peggy said...

Hah! Me too, anonymous poster friend of Molly! I read it and was like, "Really? Patrick Duffy played basketball?"

I was really embarrased for myself - but then so happy to read your comment. :D

Peggy said...

Oh - and I was totally sure that Kid picked the book because in my mind, I could see the cover and it would have had a picture of The Man From Atlantis on it!

I'm such a dork ...

jacik said...

i totally knew who patrick ewing was, yo, i liked basketball for a while, my nana grandpa and i would watch it together and my nana's arch enemy was patrick ewing.i forgot to tell you that the other night...

molly_g said...

Don't worry Miss Jaci, the next book he checked out from the library was on the Chicago Bulls. Good boy.