Alycia just finished her second year of college in a Social Sciences major. She also plans on getting her teaching credentials so she should end up being a very versatile teacher. I can see her as one of those young, pretty, blonde school teachers that the high school boys all fall in love with. I'm sure she'll have them wrapped around her little finger.
Trevor is from St George and is finishing up a political science major. He is a very gifted guitar player and is planning on getting a second major in music. He is then planning on law school with the intention of practicing copyright law. I am thrilled for the both of them and they have my full blessing.
Alycia came down this week for Alex's graduation and while she was here Marie Riches had a bridal shower for her. If you remember, Kira was down here as well and it was wonderful having all the kids around except for Brandon. There always seems to be someone missing.
There was a very cool thing happened at the bridal shower. I would have liked to have been there to share in the experience but guys are not welcome at those things. My mom started a tradition of making quilts for each of her grandkids when they would come along. When Lisa was expecting Alycia they sat down and picked out some fabric for the quilt in preparation. Sadly, two days after Alycia was born Mom suddenly passed away and the quilt was never finished. Mom had already bought the fabric however and Dad told us that he was going to have the quilt finished for us so that Alycia could have a quilt from the grandma that she never met. When that never happened Dad felt bad so he gave Lisa a quilt top from his mother (my grandma Leavitt) that she had made before she passed on. He told Lisa that he wanted her to finish the quilt for Alycia and give it to her for a wedding present. In this way the quilt could be very special because it would be from my grandma Leavitt, from my Dad, in memory of my mother and from Lisa because she finished it. Lisa did finish the quilt for her and what a special gift that was. To make it even better, it has a funky retro look to it because it is so old and it is in bright colors which Alycia loves. Now you might think things couldn't get any better but my grandma Leavitt is a bit special to Alycia because she is even named after her. My grandmothers name was Nellie Grace Quinton and Alycia is Alycia Grayce Leavitt. Lisa's mother is also Donna Grayce Kesler so she is actually named after two grandma's. Pretty cool don't you think? Lisa wrote a nice letter to go along with the quilt explaining it's history and from what I hear it was a very touching moment. There were many tears.
It is a bit belated but congratulations Alycia on your engagemnt and for moving on to the next phase of your life and doing it the right way. I love you.
At each stage in life one reaches the "peak" for what has to be performed at that age:
Between 2 - 5 years one reaches the peak of language acquisition ability.
Between 10 - 12 years peak assimilation of cultural traditions, prejudices etc, etc.
At 20 - 25 years peak sexual attractiveness. Also the peak for impulsiveness.
At 50 - 70 years peak leadership ability, ability to compromise. Things are not seen as black-and-white anymore.