Much changed, but some things continued.
We were still doing family things and the kids had continued in their own pursuits. However, they were little kids anymore, so changes were coming there as well.
In 1996, I moved up to Manager of Darryl's Little League team. We were still the Phillies, defending our league championship from the year before and Darryl was leading again in most offensive and defensive statistics. We repeated as League Champions again, but finished second in the playoffs.
It was Darryl's last year in true Little League. He was too old for the 8 to 12 year olds and he moved up to the Junior
League, playing for a team sponsored by Wilmington Trust.
He was named to the All Star Team again and played in the outfield. It was his next to last year of organized ball. He was tired of the grind after more than a half-dozen seasons.
It was my last years as a manager. I had managed one more year in the minors without Darryl on the team. The next year I went over as a bench couch in the Junior League on his team, but I wasn't enjoying it either. I was struggling with my eyesight and it scared me to shag balls in the outfield. I could no longer pick up the flight path.
Noelle was doing a lot of art by now. She had paintings selected two years in a row for displaying in the Young Brandywine Artist exhibits.
She was in Honors Classes and in 1997 she would be an exchange student living with a family in Torgua, East Germany.
We had that families daughter here staying with us. Her name was Katja Noch. She gave us interesting perspectives, having grown up mostly under Communist rule. Her parent's careers had
She and Noelle kept in touch for a number of years, but the last I heard of Katja she was working for the United Nations.
Darryl, meanwhile had joined the ROTC at his high school, Mt. Pleasant. He is pictured on the left.
Laurel was also in Honors Classes.
If the family was seeing some changes, where I felt them the most was at work.