Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Basketball Boys

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you will know that saying "My boys don't always get along." is an understatement on par of calling the sun a little bigger than a basketball.

There may be some basic personality differences and generic sibling rivalry going on, but really?  It's mostly about the autism.

One thing they actually agree upon (besides the fact the Sponge Bob is hysterically funny) is a love of all things basketball.

Today was a perfect June day. So when Jake and I picked Ethan up from his afterschool class at 5:45 (basketball, of course) there was still plenty of daylight. As we walked down the sidewalk and the boys were squabbling over possession of our one basketball I had a brilliant brainstorm: buy a 2nd basketball!

Conveniently, there's a sporting goods store a block from Ethan's school, and a decent-for-kids quality ball on 1/2 price sale - score!  The guy behind the counter even pumped up our old ball along with the new one. (Thanks, excellent Modell's cashier!)

And then, when you've just gotten a new basketball, you've got to go try it out, don't you? So back to the schoolyard we went.

Normally, I carry my good camera with me all the time, but today it was home, the battery charging in anticipation of Jake's special end-of-year school event tomorrow. So I whipped out my cell phone and shot away. Not, however, the best tool for fast moving action shots.

Between the 3-second delay between button push and shot, the long wait for upload onto the chip, the late afternoon brilliant sunlight and deep shadows, I never really got the fabulous "Basketball!" shot I wanted.

But the most important thing, that they were getting along, enjoying shooting hoops together? Happened, whether I captured it or not. So these will have to do:

Jacob, airborne
Ethan sinks one.
My boys, they love basketball.

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