Basketball: Our Father–Son team’s new hobby

Jr. and I spend a lot of our time live streaming. We both love it and it is a wonderful bonding activity we both look forward to. However, we wanted to try something different. A lot different.

We tried a couple of other sports like football and baseball, but it just not OUR thing. I’ve almost given up, when Jr. suggested I join him for a basketball game with his friends. We’ve played for a couple of hours and truly enjoyed it. I was hooked.

It felt great to be playing with my son. Next week we gather again and did a really good game.

We even set up a mini basketball court in the basement to play every now and then. Last week we went shopping and got a portable basketball hoop. We attached it to the wall in the basement. We cleaned the basement from the old stuff I have gathered. It is amazing how much trash I was able to accumulate in just 4 years, even though I try to steer clear from stockpiling unnecessary things. We spent like 4 hours throwing stuff away.

While we were in cleaning mode, we also cleaned the backyard from the garbage, fallen leaves, few older hoses and steel plates, left from another project. It is not too big, just a mini basketball court, but it is more than enough so we can play whenever we decide. Every now and then we will be joining his friends for a full blown play, but most of the time our new court will be used.

I decided to surprise my son and buy him a present for his birthday next week. Naturally, the first thing that I thought of was basketball. So I got him a pair of Nike basketball shoes, new vest and shorts, and a brand new Wilson Evolution indoor basketball. The wife agreed that will be an awesome present for him, as we were really struggling those last two year to pick him something he would like and actually use.

When he was a 9 years old, he was invited to the birthday party of one of his friends. I asked him what present we should get his friend. His friend was training karate, so naturally, I was thinking about getting him a pair of karate gloves or protectors. Junior did not agree. ‘No!’ – he said. ‘We must not get him something he needs. His parents would have to buy it anyways. Let’s get him something he would like.’

Now I knew my son would like his present. It did fit his philosophy. Something he does not actually needs, but something he would enjoy.

Will keep you posted whether I was right.

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