Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ryan Matthew

Today is Ryan's 23rd birthday.
Ryan is our oldest grandson and our second grandchild.
He's an important part of this large family.
And a very important part of this smaller family.
A little while ago I conducted his birthday interview with him via telephone since he lives far away in Nebraska.  Here's how it went.
Happy Birthday, Ryan!  Thanks!
Are you having a good day?  Yep, a nice relaxing day.  It's a little cloudy here but nice which puts me in a really good mood especially with all these good birthday wishes coming in.
Do you have anything special planned?  Uh yeah, Alex and I are going to go see the new James Bond movie tonight.  There's a theater right by us that does dinner with the movie .  You just go a little early and order your food and eat dinner while you watch the movie.  
Are you currently going to school?  Yep I'm doing my gen ed at Metro right now.
What is your field of study?  I'm doing criminal justice and political science.
I hope that's not as boring as it sounds.  It's really hard.  It's not as objective as say high school but it does keep me open minded.
I know you umpired during the summer.  Is that over for now?  Yep, I did a few Fall games but that's about it.  In the summer I'm always umpiring which I really love.  And next year I'm supposed to start doing some high school and varsity so that will be cool.
What do you like best about umpiring?  It's got to be just watching the kids have a good time.  I can relate because I know how much fun baseball was for me when I was younger.  
What didn't you like so much?  The parents that think they know everything and the parents hollering out from the crowd, along with over zealous coaches.  Sometimes you just have to let the kids play ball.  I get a lot of flak just because I'm younger and the older coaches try to take advantage of that but I've finally learned that you have to put your foot down and be assertive.  You have to let them know that you're the man in charge.
Are you working now?  I'm working as often as I can doing deliveries for Jimmy John's. 
I hope you don't drive like some of the Jimmy John's delivery guys around here!  Oh believe me I don't drive recklessly.  If you're late making a delivery because you got a ticket, you're fired!
Where do you see yourself five years from now?  Five years from now?  Hopefully working a job in the criminal justice field and saving my money for law school.
Are you looking forward to the holidays in Gulf Shores?  Oh yes absolutely!  I can't wait!  It's always when November hits that everybody starts thinking about it and getting eager.
What do you like best about that?  Being around everybody.  Of course, it helps that's it's nice outside and everybody's always in a good mood.
And are you single now or in a relationship?  In a relationship.  Her name is Alex Brown.
How did you meet?  We met through a friend from school.  I was visiting him and she was there. Once he introduced us, we hit it off right away and talked for hours.  That was about 7 or 8 months ago and we officially became exclusive around June.
Is there anything else you could share about yourself that we didn't cover.  I don't know I'm not that interesting.
I'm really looking forward to seeing everybody over Christmas break.  Well, you're definitely a family guy.  Yeah, I miss all my cousins.  And I think everybody will love Alex.  She's excited too.  We're both saving up for it which is another reason I'm working at JJ's - to save money for Christmas.
Anything else?  Well I really am excited for the future.  I'm looking forward to being done with school and getting on with my life.  
What's your favorite color?  Blue.  Is that Cubbie blue?  What did you think of their season? It was a lot of fun. Is Alex a Cub fan?  She is now.   She bought a Cubs hat while we were in Chicago just before the season ended.  Oh that's right!  You went to a Pirates game!  Yes, we had biked 8 miles from downtown to Wrigleyville because I wanted to go to a bar around the ballpark and hang out during the game but the scalpers had tickets for $40 and we couldn't pass them up!  We had a great time!
And of course, there's lots more to add about Ryan.  He's smart, sincere, kind, and helpful.  He loves to have a good time and he really is family-oriented.   He's sensitive, understanding, athletic, and just plain awesome.  We could not ask for a finer grandson.  So Happy Birthday, Ryan!  I hope it's your best one ever but not half as great as the many, many more to come.!

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