Steven didn’t do well in High School. It seemed clear he was on track for disaster.
Eric had enough embarrassment from his second son to last a life time so decided to ship him abroad, to stay with his brother, Brian.
In this way, Eric could evade the humiliation of having a son like Steven.
With both sons gone, Eric focused on his daughter, Maggie. She did well in High School.
To be those perfect parents, Eric and Mary attended tP.T.A meetings, Science Fairs, everything. They were very supportive.
Eric was proud of Maggie, and included her in his life.