Monday, February 17, 2014
Mama and Six-on-six Basketball
In my collection of memorabilia and other stuff there is a copy of a ragged and tattered photo which was taken in 1920 or 1921. Mother was in eighth grade in Hartman, Colorado. It is fortunate that the girl is clearly identified because, although she does look like Mama, I am not sure I could have picked her out of the group without the assistance. Who the other people in the picture are I have no idea, and I suspect that there is no one yet alive who can identify any of them. But I could be wrong.
Mama did not share an awfully lot of information about her younger years. I do remember, though, that she clearly and specifically testified to her salvation. She gave her heart to Jesus at the age of four and never wavered from the path He set for her. She told me the story of the time her little dog saved her life by coming between her and a rattlesnake. She lived to tell the story, but the doggie did not survive.
I was well into my adulthood before Mama shared with me the fact that she was on her high school girls' basketball team. She played guard, and that was in the day when each team fielded six players, stationing three of them at each end of the court, guards not being allowed to move to the offensive end of the court. Nor could the forwards move to the defensive end. I suppose one had to be there.
What ever happened to six-on-six girls' basketball? you ask. Well, no you didn't, but I'll tell you anyway. In 1958 the Office of Civil Rights, that's right, the Federal Government, started looking at elimination of the game. It was not finally phased out until 1995. And who was the last to buckle under? Oklahoma. Iowa had given in in 1993.
Trust vanilla. If a little memorial and tribute to one's mother can be turned into a political rant, vanilla is the guy who can do it. You are welcome.