I was, I am, deeply touched by the following email that I received from Andrew’s old fencing coach.
I can just imagine his reaction at being told that this fencing season is being dedicated to him and a fencing award will be given in his honor. Andrew would be incredulous, he would blush, he would be deeply moved and he would be speechless:
“Esmeralda – Kathleen ∧ I hope to be there (the concert tomorrow, Saturday, in Andrew’s memory).
If you are in agreement, The WestRock Division would like to dedicate the season to Andrew. With your approval we would sponsor a Spirit Award to a boy & and girl in each League school (Ardsley, Irvington, Clarkstown, Nyack, Lourdes) The award would be voted on by team members & and finalized by Coaches. It would go to an individual with at least 2 years fencing on the team, who displays Andrew’s qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a love for fencing. We would present the awards at the final League tournament on Saturday January 30th at Ardsley High School.
There would be a plaque engraved “Andrew Williamson-Noble Spirit Award” and a check for each recipient.
This is a rough outline but I would like your OK before proceeding.
With Love for Andrew, Diane Reckling”
Well, MY DEAREST Andrew, congratulations, you know you deserve it! I only wish I could be with Daddy and Robert sitting at the side lines as we used to do and be the typically annoying mother who stood up to bragg every time it was your turn to fence while daddy filmed the whole thing. I loved (and so did you) how thrown your opponents were by your left hand. By the time they adjusted to it, the bout was over and you had won!
WELL DONE MY D’ARTAGNAN!