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April 9, 2013

All basketball, all the time

We said good-bye to Mom the other day.

Oh, no. Not that. She's still alive and kicking. Watch your shins.

It's just that there's so much basketball on TV these days that Mom has more or less disappeared. It happens every year. She plants herself in front of the set and doesn't really emerge except for quick meals and infrequent bathroom breaks (around the family she is known by her tribal name, Iron Bladder). She watches the games in real time, delay and highlight mode. It's all basketball, all the time, and we really don't see her until a new NCAA champion has cut down the net.

This year is a little different in one respect. Instead of watching at the family home, El Rancho Redmond, Mom is traveling around visiting relatives and monopolizing their TV sets. She started the tournament at my sister Amy's house, caught the sweet 16 round at Aunt Sharon's and the elite eight at Aunt Margaret's. And the rest of the tournament she'll catch back at Amy's house, which has been her actual residence for several weeks now.

You see, Mom fell while watering the chickens, and broke two bones in her back. Well, we call them bones but in terms of structural integrity they more closely resembled blackboard chalk. I don't know what's holding her together. Velcro, perhaps.

Anyway, after the fall and the surgery to put ol' Humpty Grumpty back together again, her doctors strongly advised - which is to say ordered - that she take it easy. Another fall could be catastrophic. They also said no lifting of anything heavier than a washcloth. And they highly recommended she move off the farm.

So we sibs got together and hatched a plan for Mom to give up the agrarian life for one of comfort and convenience. Naturally, this went over like a lead balloon. Mom was as determined to go back to her little grey shack in LaGrange County as we were to get her out of it. This is where the bruised shins enter the picture, by the way.

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