OK, so they’re not the Crowleys any more, are they? Lisa, who was a year behind me in high school, is now Lisa MacDonald, and Erin, who was a year or two behind Lisa, is now Erin Neale. They’re both happily married, both live in Kennebunk, Maine, and each have an older son and younger daughter.
And even 25-plus years — gasp! — removed from our high school days, they’ve got the same great poise and sensibilities that made them so well-respected then. Here’s how I know: those children.
Cameron and Ellen Neale, offspring of Erin and Scott. Ian and Eva MacDonald, offspring of Lisa and Tom. Upon their arrival, all four of them jumped immediately from the SUV and presented cold, hard cash from their very own cold, hard piggy banks.
Erin is a teacher, Lisa a social worker. They are sharp, devoted family women who clearly didn’t just bring their little ladies and gentlemen to New Hampshire to play a little hoop, eat some pizza and see some new kids, but to give them a chance to perform some community service as well.
This rebounding thing isn’t exactly riveting, especially for children (just ask mine), but the Neale and MacDonald kids represented for 1,000 made in the driveway, and when given the choice of ending with pizza or coming back afterward for another 500, the choice was another 500.
So notwithstanding a tantrum-laden evening from Rosie, it was an exceptional night (and led to a pen pal partnership between Ellen and Mason). Here’s hoping that it won’t be another 10 years before we see them 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.