I have been emailing back and forth with Shelly for awhile now, trying to come up with a date and time that would work for both of us. We finally found something, and arranged to meet. When they pulled up, and Shelly rolled her window down, I was pleasantly surprised to find a old basketball comrade! I hadn’t seen her in years, and of course, she is now married with a different name, but what a small world! Shelly played basketball for Scranton, and was quick as a cat, and just an all-around great player. She always gave us heck. But, that’s not what I remember the most about her. During, I believe it was, her junior or senior year, Shelly found out she had leg cancer. And what I remember most, is that through the treatments and therapy, she played. It was unreal. And, she played well. Limped a little, probably a little bit slower, but with every bit as much heart and hustle. It was inspiring, and I will never forget her determination to play through the pain.
Then, when I started college my freshman year at UAFS, Shelly was a familiar face on the basketball team. For awhile, we were teammates. When I decided to leave the team, and move back home mid-way through the year, Shelly was the one I remember coming to check on me, to make sure I was ok. It’s not really something I like to remember, or am very proud of, but it’s one thing I remember, when I think of Shelly. She was just a good person.
Now Shelly is married and has an adorable little guy named Kale. Kale wasn’t a big fan of sitting still, so we mostly just played around and tried to capture the family, spending time together. Here are a few of my favorites….
Flying was Kale’s favorite….
This was the one place we could put Kale where he wouldn’t run away!
Loved the toboggan…