During the Christmas holidays every year, one of our good friends who used to be a student at East High (Jim McMaster) heroically organizes an alumni basketball tournament which is always so entertaining.
This year, it was hard to believe that the baby I cuddled all those years ago when he was born in England and who shot into the world in about three hours when he decided to come and who ended up being equally fast with a great “shot” on the basketball floor, who was an all-state-star from East High School played basketball for BYU, SLCC and was a co-team captain for the Weber State University team that went to the NCAA Tournament, was now home for the holidays so many years later and was able to participate in the tournament and introduce his stellar wife and his own adorable baby to a little corner of his world at East High.
Memoires flooded back as we walked into the gym where we spent countless hours cheering for three of our sons who were on the team and our youngest daughter who later, predictably became a cheerleader. It was fun to sit with this new group in the gym and see so many old friends, not only kids who had morphed from boys to men and who had wives and children but also their parents who shared hundreds of hours on the benches there with us.
Tal scored about half the points and had some awesome three pointers.
As usual there was a always a big half time pow-wow:
And the self-appointed “coach” of course had some good advice that, for once, he actually got to deliver:
On the floor by the score keepers’ table was a line of stars that represented guys from East High who were All-State stars. One was there for Tal and one for Noah!
When Charity (the cheerleader) entered the gym she reminded us that she had probably spent more time in that room than any other room in the world except her own room at home. She was a fierce advocate of her brothers’ basketball careers from the time she was about three on up!
What fun we had with that baby and her mom as they were introduced to Tal’s old High School world.
But nobody was more pleased about all that than her daddy! This little girl was a long time in coming and he was delighted to introduce her to the gym!
Babies grow up and have babies! Where did all that time go? Incredibly fun!