Some readers may remember the story I shared last year about my son Ethan and I and how we used a Giancarlo Stanton home run and Kit Kats to bridge the miles between home and college.
I decided that this was an exercise worth repeating, so, with tears in my eyes, I snuck a Kit Kat into Ethan’s belongings as we packed the car on August 16 to bring him back to school to begin his Junior year at Lafayette College.
I fully anticipated that we’d have the opportunity to share Kit Kats from across the miles in short enough order. It wasn’t to be. I dropped off Ethan 36 days ago. In that time, the Kit Kat sat in Ethan’s dorm room refrigerator. It waited, and Ethan waited, for Giancarlo Stanton to get in the line-up and start hitting bombs. I am quite certain, with the rigors of college life that it would have been easy for Ethan to just give up the whole idea of saving the Kit Kat - a college kid gets hungry and a candy bar can be a delicious and most wonderful treat. But Ethan held strong…
This afternoon, we finally got the chance to enjoy the delicious candy. Ethan announced the good news in a text:
A short while later, after I returned from the store, and Ethan returned to his dorm room from the library where he was studying (albeit while also following the Yankees), we got to celebrate Stanton’s first post-college drop-off homer, together, 77 miles apart…
I’m glad Giancarlo finally delivered. Let’s hope it’s the first of many more!
(Love ya’ Ethan!)