Got It Made In The Shade

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - May 16, 2007
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Add another activity to our soon to be 10-year-old daughter’s repertoire. That’s right, besides hula dancing, Tahitian dancing, gymnastics and choir, you can now add basketball. It’s great because she loves each and every one of these activities.

With our daughter’s basketball, it was tough for me to make her games as they were after school and, of course, I was at work. With each and every game, my daughter asked when I was going to come out and watch her play. I was intent on seeing at least one game, even if I had to take vacation.

Well, I managed to catch her second-to-the-last game of the season, and I realized how much I missed. It was sheer joy to see her play as well as all the other players, who took this as seriously as the NBA. I was in luck, because they were going to play in a tournament - and on a Saturday.

It turns out my wife couldn’t make it because she had to work on our daughter’s Tahitian costume for an upcoming performance. I gladly took her to this parochial school girls basketball tournament. Unfortunately these were outdoor courts and it was a hot, sunny day.

Each team would play four different 15-minute games. With the number of teams that showed up, it would take hours. For each game, I stood out in the broiling sun courtside, as I didn’t want to miss any moment of it. After the third game, I couldn’t take the direct sunlight anymore.

I looked to my right and saw a woman standing and watching the game. She was casting a shadow near her feet and slightly to the back of her. I inched closer and closer and finally sat next to her in her shadow, realizing some small relief from the blazing sun.

After a few minutes she whipped around and asked what the heck I was doing. Not wanting to be labeled a weirdo, I felt telling the truth would be more believable. Sheepishly, I mumbled, “I was using you for shade.” She stormed off as though I insulted her.

I guess I couldn’t appreciate how she felt, that is until I turned around and saw that I was providing shade for not one, but three little girls.


Sharon Higa of HECO, who had brought us the story last week about the dangers of metallic balloons at graduation, sent in its website. Check out the suggestions for graduation gift alternatives, or if you must, the safe handling of those shiny festive balloons: Pop in and send me your favorite websites. Send them to me at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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