Steel loves his grandparents. When he was little, he would wander over to their house often to get something to eat, escape the heat or just hang out. On one of those occasions he got into a conversation with my father-in-law and they talked of the future and things they wanted to do together. I don't know who came up with the idea, but Steel promised his Papa that once he was old enough to drive, they were going to take a trip to San Francisco in a red convertible. (Red is my father-in-law's favorite color.) Neither one of them ever forgot the promise, but as things usually go, each was busy with their own activities and the plans were postponed. But during Steel's Christmas break in 2012, he made the plans and made the wish come to fruition. There was no convertible (Steel was only 20 and couldn't rent a car) but they did drive over for the day. They decided to make it a "grandson's" trip and the other boys joined them as well. (Jordan, Landon, Austin and Brandon.) They took a bay cruise and enjoyed lunch at Pier 39.
Life has a funny way of reminding us what's important. Steel's leg injury in September of 2012 was a wake up call for all of us. Life is too short and you have to do the things you want to do while you can. Sometimes there are no second chances. When one is presented to you, don't ask why, just do it. Right after this, Steel headed back to Oregon for ACL surgery and a return to school for the 2nd semester of his Junior year.