Two Handsome Guys
Robert really did give me the shirt off his back. His favorite shirt was wearing out around the collar and cuffs. He wore that shirt at least once a week for years and years. The color was so nice on him. He wore it to Nordstrom one day and asked if they had another one just like it, but they didn’t.
He finally donated it to the Paper Pieced People cause. I cut a chunk out of the back and will preserve it forever in a quilt.
There is a basketball connection here. Robert’s grandfather, Deke, often told us about the beginnings of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts at the YMCA. He said he knew James Naismith who invented the game in 1891. Deke said he played basketball at the YMCA. When the game first began, soccer balls were dribbled up and down a court and thrown into a peach basket placed up high. It took a decade for someone to invent an open ended net so the ball didn’t have to be manually retrieved from the basket when a score was made.