The Letterman’s Jacket

Before I give you my brilliant post – let me update you on my brother.  He had a great Monday.  I went and saw him Tuesday and he had a less than stellar day.  I had to be home before Mr. T, so I left Dallas early.  He was acting odd, ended up falling out of his chair and was struggling to get comfortable and even struggling to think and form sentences.  A couple hours after I left, they ended up sedating him and putting him on the ventilator.  This was devastating.  While he was under, they were going to do a contract CT and see if there was something they were missing, like a blood clot, an infection, an inflamed pancreas – anything.  If it was operable, the surgeon was going to take the risk and operate.  In the meantime, earlier in the day a couple of departments, like Pulminology, signed off on the transplant, and one of his doctors was talking about doing the LVAD this week.  Things were really looking up, despite the fact that he was having such a rough day.  I let my friends and family know that things were rough and to please keep sending prayers.  I let my good friends know that it was a make-or-break it kinda night and there was a big possibility that Lee wouldn’t make it through the night.  The CT scan came back clear, there was nothing that they could find.  And, he made it through the night.  Thank God for prayers.  This morning he was fighting to breathe over the ventilator, so they are keeping him sedated.  He also had a fever of 102.9 so they have packed him in ice.  A few hours went by and his fever is up to 104 and now they are worried about septic or cardiogenic shock.  Both of those are very serious.  Cardiogenic shock is a big concern.  So, blogosphere, I appreciate you keeping him in your thoughts, prayers and sending good energy his way!

Now, onto other things!

Okay, when I was growing up, you didn’t get a letterman jacket until you were a junior in high school.  In fact, I seriously remember turning my nose up a freshman who had the audacity to get a letter jacket when she was a freshman.  Yeah, I wasn’t as accepting of people back then.

Actual letter jacket for our school... not ours though!

Actual letter jacket for our school… not ours though!

Apparently I hadn’t fully let go of that preconceived notion, because my freshman son came home with a letter jacket order form.  He has enough points to qualify for one.  My jaw hit the floor.  I was like, but, but, uh, what??? Really?  I totally hadn’t expected this.  Now, keep in mind he is at a new high school, they only allowed freshmen and sophomores in this first year and at first I thought that these kids could get their jackets early because of that fact.  I was wrong.  When I posted on FB about this, someone responded that their freshman girl was getting one – and they are in a different school district.  So, apparently the times have changed.

I never got a letterman jacket – I qualified and had the letter and patches, and my parents gave me a note for my birthday or Christmas or at some point that said that they would buy me one.  But, they never mentioned it again and I never brought it up.  I mention this, because I started to fill out the form, and well, I couldn’t   The form was smarter than I was.  Mr. T and I were next to each other going over it, and what he wanted and well, I got the basic understanding, and then had to call the shop and left a message to have them call me back.  I felt silly! I mean, it’s a form, for a jacket.  How hard can it be?

The form was not this easy...

The form was not this easy…

I called again the next day and got a great guy who assured me that I was not the first parent that was stumped by the form.  Thank goodness!  I don’t care if he was just being nice; I’m taking his word as gospel that others struggled to fill out the form properly! With his help I was able to figure out the form and then regroup with Mr. T and figure out what he wanted and how to order it.  (And, I still must have done something wrong, as my math was off!  The receipt came back with all my calculations crossed out and new ones entered!  Granted, I was only $10 off – in their favor of course – but still!!)

I’m telling you, it was a production! All for a jacket, that for the money I’m spending he had better wear until it falls apart.  I mean, he needs to sleep in it.  He needs to wear that sucker year round; I want him sweating in it during our 110 dg. summers.  I’m not kidding.

Okay, I’m kinda kidding.  Kinda.  But for the leather sleeve upgrade that he wanted, I fully expect this jacket to last.  Forever and ever.

Now I just have to figure out how my sewing machine works so that I can add the new patches we will get every year.

And by figure out how my sewing machine works I really mean that I have to con sweet talk my dad or Karaboo.

Did a quick search of 1970's sewing machines and look - it's mine!

Did a quick search of 1970’s sewing machines and look – it’s mine!


22 thoughts on “The Letterman’s Jacket

  1. Definitely thinking of your family and your brother, and sending prayers that he is on the recovery and doing better soon.

    I got letters in school for track but never bothered with the jacket. My parents should be grateful that I knew even then that those kinds of things were not going to matter to me after I graduated! I saved them a lot of money, ha ha.

    • Yes!!! I didn’t see the point in the jacket either!! But, T is super excited about it, so I’ll splurge. Of course, I have already told him that I’m not buying him a class ring… unless he wants to go WalMart cheap on it!

  2. Big prayers sent your way for your brother. I hope you have better news to report today. Oh man, I can only imagine how much those letterman jackets are today. I just wanted a nylon jacket with my school’s name on it when I was a freshman and that was the only thing I got for my birthday because it was so expensive!

  3. I’m so NOT there yet as my little guy is just in 3rd grade. I don’t even want to guess how much letter jackets are going to be when he hits high school.
    And big prayers for Lee … hope he starts to feel better!

  4. I an amazed that you can focus & write this based on what must be going through your head.
    In my school – if I remember correctly – it was pretty much kids on teams who wore jackets. They were kind of cool & I may have been jealous.

  5. Only the athletes in our school had jackets. I have the athletic ability of a slug, much to the dismay of my high school coaches. I’m around the 5’10” so the basketball coaches drooled when they saw me in the hallway. They cried when they saw me play!! lol I got a ring when I graduated that I wore up until a couple of months ago.

    I’m sure Mr. T will wear his jacket faithfully and with pride.

    I’ll keep Lee in my prayers. Big hugs.

  6. First, still praying!! Second…you realize its totally uncool to wear your H.S. jacket to college right? So… yea… lol! Third…you CAN sew those on! I know you can!! Love ya! 🙂

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