Don’t get me going about these Hemingways. I mean, seriously, just look at them. The positive energy you feel coming from your computer screen right now? It’s not your imagination. It’s them. And if I start going on about how amazing they are, there’s a decent chance I might not stop.
When last we saw Kent and Carolyn, we were at the New Hampshire School Administrators Association annual conference — somewhere up near Canada, I think — and they were awake at 4 a.m. or some crazy hour like that to be ready for what I think was a 6 a.m. foul shooting date at White Mountains Regional High School. Thanks to that incredible Hemingway rhythm, we made quick work of 1,500 that morning.
Last night, under entirely different circumstances, the Hemingways brought an equally indomitable spirit. This time they were an hour and a half away from home in another direction (southwest from their pad in Tamworth to our pad in Epsom), this time at a more leisurely hour (5 p.m.), this time with dinner (pasta brought to you by The Beautiful Heth) as part of the package … and this time with a FOX News crew aiming the camera and microphone our way.
A crew of three — producer Andrew Fone, cameraman Paul Celeste and reporter Molly Line — arrived at the house at around 4:30, before TBH, the Hemingways or I were home, so by the time I got there, a little before 5, there was already a camera set up in the driveway. They got some video with Noah on rebounding duty outside, then did a quick interview. Then TBH and the Hemingways arrived, and we got to that amazing pasta … with a camera still rolling for a part of dinner. Dinner theater of sorts, I suppose. It was a first for the Cummings family.
Then it was back to the business of shooting, and our little three-car caravan — me, the Hemingways, the FOXes — were off to the Epsom Central School gym. Andrew, Paul and Molly were there for maybe a half hour or so — long enough for this cute little moment as Molly was trying to focus on her on-camera work …
Then they left, but we may be seeing them again. I believe the piece is to run on or around Thanksgiving (more on that later), and the crew may be joining us again on Veterans Day aboard the Intrepid.
And then we carried on. Having already made 130 with Noah at the house, Kent, Carolyn and I carried on from that point with two balls, and the pace was brisk. Kent estimated it at about one made every three seconds, which adds up to the coveted five minutes per 100.
The two of them could not have possibly been better. In addition to their obvious skills at creating that incredible Hemingway rhythm we talked about, there was this: Always smiling. Always nodding. Always encouraging. Always positive.
It’s a good way to be.
Thanks for the interest, FOX News, thanks for coming up Andrew, Paul and Molly … and most especially, thanks for making it happen tonight, Kent and Carolyn. Here’s to a few more visits before this thing is said and done.
P.S. Here’s a little snippet from this morning, below. Didn’t see that coming (guess I should have checked the forecast).
We’re now at 486,007 down, 513,993 to go to 1 million made foul shots.
For more on Hoops For Heroes, with a goal of 1 million made foul shots and $1 million raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit www.hoopsforheroes.com or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.