We’ve been planning to do it for months now. You’d think the time delay was because it was a decent drive – no. A short two-minute trip down the road, if that.
I saw the opportunity tonight. We hadn’t eaten out as we originally planned, and seeing the cool night enclosing in on us, suggested we go out after dinner to get out of the house.
A couple hours later and we jumped into the car with the big orange ball. Baby girl squealing in excitement.
We parked in a car park side street and then walked the short distance to the open-gated entry off the main road, passing large magpies and perilously tall trees that shadowed us as we walked beneath them. In the last 2o metres, Hubbie and baby girl couldn’t wait – they bolted off.
This court had nets. This was apparently a BIG DEAL in Hubbie’s book.
Hubbie run up and down the length of the court, zig-zagging this way, turning that way, spinning around and jumping in the air. “Jordan shoots, he scores!” he shouted in an American accent. He picked up baby girl as she tried to heave the basketball ball up and into the basket, but it missed by a
decent bit, she’d need to grow slightly taller and bigger for that to happen.
Still she loved it. She rolled it around instead.
I took the opportunity when the ball bounced my way, taking shots, getting some in while others bounced away toward outreaching hands. I’d rather watch sport than participate in it anytime, but I took pleasure in running around with the two of them as they went a bit silly, laughing and telling them to stop running so fast, until of course baby girl fell and scraped her knee.
But that’s not unusual. Just another badge of honour for her.
“This one’s from when I was playing basketball.”
“This one’s from when I was trying to wet Dad with the hose and instead tripped over it.”
“This one’s from when I was trying to help Mum push the bin up the driveway.”
Her fall concluded our short trip to the courts, but we had had some good family fun, exerted some much-needed fuel, and made such great memories that we vowed, we would be back very soon.