Snow Days, Driveways & Basketball
I remember the day like it was yesterday.
It was early morning before school started. My big brother Tom and I were both glued to the television screen watching the list of school cancellations scroll up.
“Please, let their be a snow day! PLEASE!” we both pleaded to God.
Then suddenly… all that could be heard were shouts of exultation as we both simultaneously leaped into the air… letting our victory cries ring free.
Hurray!!! No School!!!
Ahhhh… There is nothing like the feeling of having a day without restrictions, the berating of teachers, smart remarks from peers, and the heavy weight of assignments.
All is right with the world.
However, this is where our story was a bit different…
Most kids would have done one of two things:
(a) bunker down in their warm comforter for a few more hours of uninterrupted bliss or
(b) fill a big bowl with their favorite sugar bombs and park in front of the T.V. for a surprise visit with Zack, The Fresh Prince and… who could forget… Cory Matthews (hello?… that’s Boy Meets World for all you outside of the 23 to 31 year old age – eh em, I grew up with The Matthews’ family).
Tom and I looked out the window.
Yep, 2-3 feet of snow in the driveway and still coming down hard.
We geared up from head to toe. Pulled out the shovels, stepped into the snow and started clearing the driveway.
“What!?” You may be asking… “Two kids shoveling the driveway early in the morning on a snow day?”
Yep, it had to be done.
You see, Tom and I had a vision. We wanted to be the greatest basketball players that ever lived.
Practically every chance we got we were in the driveway shootin’ hoops. And yes, even on snow days.
I remember one time I was standing at the free throw line while the snow came hurdling down.
My winter gloves were on (which obviously made it difficult to shoot a free throw).
I kept repeating to myself…”I am Michael Jordan. I am Michael Jordan.“