Pennsylvania Game News - December 2019 - 41

THE

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CRUCIBLE

ARGE, WET compound snowflakes
fall straight down from low gray
clouds, and before he finished his second
bowl of corn flakes, a half-inch of snow
had blanketed the last of autumn's leaves
he was asked to rake.
It would be one of those odd winter
days when the diffused half-light remains
the same throughout the day and no
point of time can be determined by the
angle or intensity of light, just a constant
quiet netherworld of grays and white that
deepen imperceptibly as if on a dimmer
switch to night. This, he thought, may just
be the calm before the storm of tonight's
basketball game, when his team would
square off against its arch rival, the Blue
Mountain Blue Jays.
He shoveled half of the circular macadam turnaround at the dead-end street
and shot a furious round of hoops, creating scenarios of the impending game as
he dribbled deftly around a phalanx of
defenders, snagging passes from teammates and laying them up neatly. The
hollow, rubbery pounding of the
basketball on the slushy pavement
bounced around within the amphitheater of pines surrounding the
cul-de-sac. Several crows watched
his daily routine from atop an oak in
the front yard.
He took one last shot from the corner,
his sweet spot, the orange orb of
the basketball arcing through
the flakes like a
small world
spinning and
falling through
the stars. The
DECEMBER 2019

net barely twitched as the waterlogged
ball hit the hoop dead center.
"Game over," he said.
He tucked the ball under an arm and
stood momentarily, exhaling long plumes
of vapor, and watched the crows gather
up and disappear into the steadily falling
flakes.
Although it was a Friday, classes were
not held, as it was a scheduled in-service
day. Both his parents were at work and he
had 10 hours to kill before pregame prep.
He cleaned up the smudges on his drafting homework - a two-car garage with
an attached garden shed - then printed
his name and date in precise italics in the
title block: Thomas A. Gibson, December
11, 1970.

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