Lovely piece of memoir. I was right there. Even though I never had a mother get so close to me, be so useful as this one was in her encouragement, for me Quinn's story resonates with multiple themes that come together on the backyard court. More than B-ball skills are passed along in this touching vignette -- patience, self-respect, tenderness, and giving. Most of all, giving.
Special memories like this are hard to come by. Beautifully written.