Like my late mother and father, my stepmother didn't like the fact I boxed, either. She did attend one of my fights, however, and she filmed some footage of Alan giving me a pep talk beforehand. My stepmother passed away late last week, nearly a year after she had an accident in her home. I'll be attending her funeral later this week. I wasn't in the mood to spar at Loyola Park, partially because my stepmother was on my mind, and partially because I wasn't sure my knees were going to stand up to it.
The sparring sessions began with Professor and Ro, who really seemed to work well together. Alan said that he would like to see Ro compete in a boxing show down the line.
Professor also sparred with David.
Kathy also sparred with David.
Then Alan put his gear on and told her, "You've brought the old man out of retirement." Kathy caught Alan with a few jabs and straight rights. She got in as much sparring as she could because she'll be fighting in the Chicago Golden Gloves later this week.
Alan then sparred with Arvin. Arvin has good punches, but he often hesitates to throw them all the way out. I was standing on the apron, giving Arvin advice as the two men sparred.
I wondered where everyone else was, then I remembered that the winter session ended last week. Alan asked me when the spring session begins, and I had to remember that his boxing class begins a day before mine resumes at LaFollette. Alan had word that his class was filling up fast. If any of the classes I have fill up, it'll be a long time coming. People waiting until the middle of the session to sign up -- then disappearing quickly -- seems to be the norm.