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Basketball and brothers...

Years ago when Joe and I were still dating, he brought you to at least one of my basketball games. You were only 10 or 11 at the time and as cute as they come. Joe was always so proud of you, how smart you were, how much fun to teach,...and tease. My folks were also at the game. My dad still tells me how much the two of you reminded him of himself and his little sister, Mary Ellen. Mary Ellen was about 10 years younger than my dad also.

Coincidentally, she became an editor, writer, and professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.


I remember that game because your mom sat in the stands knitting furiously! I also remember that once he took me to the State Fair with you guys. Joe knew that little sisters (and his ability to relate to them) were real chick magnets! :) Seriously, I always loved the way he *mostly* didn't mind dragging me around.


My mom and her knitting - that reminds me of another familial "yarn".

My mom's basketball 15 minutes of fame was a direct result of her need to knit when the games got tight. The year my high school team won State, her penchant for knitting and calling the game at the same time made her a favorite of one reporter assigned to the tourney. He described her thus, "...the elderly lady fan and her companion". Given that I was 15 at the time, my mom would have been my age now - 46. Her companion was my older sister, Ellen. We "needled" her about that crack for years afterwards.

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