You know those relatives with whom you struggle to merely get through the weekend when they’re in town? Well, the Bellefleurs are 100 percent NOT those relatives.
I’m talking about the Auburn, Maine, Bellefleurs, of course … the Ken and Claire and their five A-named daughters Bellefleur — Ashleigh, Alyssa (up there on the left), Amanda (on the right), Abby and Alexis. Right, those Bellefleurs.
Claire is The Beautiful Heth’s recently hip-replaced cousin, by the way, and Ken (whom you’ll find here) is Claire’s husband, and it was those two — along with 80 percent of their daughters — who joined us for the weekend to take in the dance performances of Rosie (tap) and Mason (hip-hop). The show was three hours long, of which our kids were on stage for a total of maybe 10 minutes, but those Bellefleurs kind of personify all that is “family” and are not the complaining type … and by the way, if anyone knows dance recitals, it’s the Bellefleurs, who’ve been through waaaaaaaaaay more than their fair share, plus yours and mine.
A majority of the fam left Saturday night, but Alyssa, who just last month graduated from High Point (NC) University, and Amanda, a sophomore-to-be at the University of Maine, stuck around an extra day and a half so they could head to Mansfield, Mass. and a Jason Aldean concert on Sunday night.
Which meant they got strapped with rebound duty.
So on a perfect spring Sunday afternoon — at least if you’re into lots of sun and no humidity — to the driveway we went, with Alyssa starting under the hoop and Amanda to my right. Along the way, Alyssa would twist an ankle, and Amanda took a couple off the head, but again … no complaints. They forged on, and in about an hour and four minutes, we had knocked down 1,000 more free throws, bringing the total to 812,507 down, 187,493 to go.
And I’m already looking forward to seeing all those Bellefleurs again.
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.