God love my parents, but whoo boy. They are making me slightly crazy with their good intentions. First, my Dad wanted to write several former Presidents and petition them for a nomination for my son. I told him that was very sweet, but it doesn't work that way, they can't help etc. He would not be deterred and wrote a (lovely, but such an elderly!) letter to the former presidents, delineating his life and introducing his grandson to them. They wrote back (or their offices did, rather) very kind letters to him thanking him for writing and letting him know there was nothing they could do. Just now, I got off the phone with my Mother, who is divorced from my Dad and lives in another state. She tells me that she found out the name of our Senator and called and left a message requesting an interview for her grandson! WHAT?! You did WHAT? lol You can't just DO that, MOM!! She says they haven't called back and I made her promise not to call again. I told her it could actually work against him and we need to let him follow the procedures that are in place and furthermore, to do it HIMSELF. They are sweet in their love of their grandson but I had no idea I'd be calling off the dogs! My Mom doesn't even want him to GO, she says she did it because she felt guilty about being so discouraging.. well, she's on the right track, but maybe just being encouraging of him would work as well! I told her to do NOTHING more until she speaks to me first.. I need to tell my Dad the same! God love 'em both!