Yesterday, the weather was amazing. The temperature topped out at about 70 degrees, and the sky was bright blue most of the day. We could play outside without getting too hot, and I didn’t have to yell at the kids to keep their jackets on–we left them at home.
I love the location of my home, right next to the neighborhood pool and playground. I swear if we had to pack up and load into the minivan to drive to the front of the neighborhood, we’d never get there. Luckily, my little monkeys just need me to open our gate and walk next door.
Yesterday evening, that’s just what we did. We began our journey a little later than planned, missing the most warmth from the sun. Punky Brewster was far too enticing for the kids, and this mama was far too tired to put up a fight. We made it to the playground around five, however, and the kids released their abundance of energy.
I had wished we arrived earlier, though, when I saw the teenaged boy playing basketball. Caleb immediately took off toward him.
“Caleb, leave him alone. He wants to practice.”
But the young man just smiled and encouraged Caleb to come and play. I watched as my five-year-old and this high school-aged boy took turns dribbling and shooting hoops.
I felt a little uneasy, not of this young man, but of my son interfering.
“He’s not going to leave you alone now,” I warned him, but he just smiled and assured me he was okay with Caleb playing.
A few minutes later, another teenaged boy parked his car and joined his friend on the asphalt court. The boys–closer to men than boys, really–showed Caleb how to shoot baskets, teaching him to bend his knees and the proper way to hold the ball.
Frankly, I was impressed, especially when they gave Hannah Grace a try, too.
I’m sure these guys had planned to get together to have a game of one-on-one, and here they were giving lessons to the little boy making granny shots. They wanted to run free on the court, not avoid the little girl dancing to the music in her head and periodically shouting, “I see my shadow! Six more weeks of winter!” Their plans were interrupted–they were inconvenienced–so they simply changed their plans.
They were kind, and they were patient. While I watched them run to Caleb’s aid when the ball rebounded off his head for the second time, I prayed, “God, how I hope Caleb is like them when he’s a teenager!”
And then I thought to myself, “God, make me more like them now.”
On what exceptional young adult would you like to brag? What have they taught you? Have a great weekend!
*photo courtesy of Ben Unleashed via Flickr Creative Commons
4 thoughts on “Boys and Basketball”
Very touching. The whole time I was reading I was thinking "that's what I want for Cole and for Cole to be like when he grows up." And yes, that's what I want to be more like now too. Such a great story.
Don't you wish you could find the parents of those guys and tell them "good job!"
We have big boys like this in our subdivision as well. It is so refreshing.
What a memory for Caleb to hold on to as a great example too. Do you ever wonder if God sends people your way like that? It takes a village to raise our children and those two boys helped you that day. Lovely story!
I LOVE this, Jennifer. It's such a good thing to thank anyone who is kind to our children – maybe most especially young adults like these, who show by their kindness that they're not about to fit into anyone's preconceived ideas about the 'selfishness of teenagers.' Thank you! I've got a passel of grandsons who live this way and I'm so proud of them – all six.