We are a basketball family. I have 2 sisters and one brother. The oldest of those sisters (Leigh Ann)went to Duke and my middle sister and I went to North Carolina. My brother, graduated from South Carolina...that does not really fit into this story...I just did not want to leave him out. :) We are a divided family during basketball season. Leslie is big enough to cheer for Duke when they play someone outside of the ACC, but I have not yet reached that level of
My middle sister Leslie is married to a great guy. He loves the game of basketball and loves helping young people. He has taken those two passions and combined them into a basketball camp that
Leslie has run?, I have run? he has had for the past 12 years in Chapel Hill, NC. It is a Christian basketball camp for boys ages 10-17. The goal is to teach them about basketball/improve their skills in basketball and create in them a love and passion for living a Godly life.
This year's theme was improving your core. You can't move on a daily basis without using your core muscles and you can't grow and develop in your walk with God without focusing on the core principals of Christianity. They learn verses from the Bible that coordinate with the theme...verses that represent Character, Integrity, Stewardship, Honesty, Courage (I work this camp every year and did this year...in fact it just ended...and I am not sure I remembered the "core words" correctly...how sad is that)! Anyway, they have opportunities to win candy if they can memorize and repeat the verses each day and then if called on during one of the huddle times to recite a verse, you win a signed basketball from a great selection of teams/coaches/players. The boys also play a ton of games working their way to the championship game. It is very tiring but lots of fun for the campers and this year my two oldest nephews had the privilige of attending camp.
Their mom went to
Dook Duke. Can't you tell?
(and yes, those were the BEST pictures I could find of my Duke-loving nephews!)
Back to their mom (who corrupted them to begin with)....
She came to camp and helped Leslie out by getting our yummy dinners ready each day. We would have starved, or spent a lot of money on take-out, if Leigh Ann had not been there. We let her out of the big house for a few hours a day and she chose to come and watch her sons play basketball at the above mentioned camp. During one of the down times (and obviously NOT after a lesson on character or integrity) Leigh Ann looked over at my brother-in-law and makes a bet with him.
Now, let me stop here and say that I do not condone betting. I did not encourage this behavior nor did I aid either side in deciding on the appropriate "payment" if they won the bet. I would never get caught up in the moment of something so inappropriate at a boys' Christian basketball camp...
The bet was over the number of shoes he had versus my sister Leslie. Leigh Ann was working on OLD knowledge...old knowledge of my BIL("brother-in-law"--you are welcome Leslie) having enough shoes to wrap around their huge walk-in closet at least twice. Leigh Ann spouted out without thinking(...hmmm...could it be related to her education?) that she was sure that our BIL had more shoes than Leslie. They made an important stipulation to the bet...the shoes counted would only be the ones IN THE CLOSET (this is not important, really, but funny later on).
If Leslie had less than BIL, BIL had to wear a Duke hat to his camp the next day and wear it as he called all the kids together (being a former player at Carolina...that could have cost him his life....see what betting can do to you?) and if Leslie had more shoes than BIL, Leigh Ann would have to
dress herself and her kids in North Carolina gear, get her picture taken at center court at the Dean Dome and use it as her Christmas card picture wear BIL's practice jersey, get her picture taken at center court and be placed on my blog.
I must interject again...that is really no punishment for Leigh Ann...not like it could have been for BIL...I mean, I only have 3 readers on this blog! whooooo...that is gonna hurt her...she should have had to follow through with the Christmas card one SHE SHOOK ON!!! I might have to make a link on my facebook so she can get more exposure.
We got home and BIL and Leigh Ann head off to the closet together (that was weird to write). They count BIL's shoes...22. 22? Seriously? Being a shoe lover, I am secretly SO disappointed in him...only 22 shoes. I thought it would be close...perhaps Leigh Ann has a chance...but then we started counting...Leslie had shoes hidden behind other shoes...shoes with heels on them that I know good and well she does not wear...they would not match her t-shirts and athletic shorts...shoes that have been around for longer than they should have been...we counted 32.
No way would I have thought she had 10 more pair than him. NO.WAY. Leigh Ann waived the white flag and BIL danced around as the winner. We gave our kids showers and were putting pajamas on them in the shoe closet when Leigh Ann spotted more shoes of Leslie's under her jeans hanging in her closet. We pushed the number to 40. I started looking around the house and came up with about 10 more pair of her shoes...and that does not even include the shoes she got from that presale-sale.
Leslie has 52 pairs of shoes? And yet she runs around in tennis shoes or flip flops about 360 days a year. Too bad Leslie has Cinderella feet and I have wicked stepsister-sized feet...or she would have been down some shoes when I left. 52, Leslie?
Anyway...the next day, Leigh Ann had to
pay for her sins own up to the price of the debt and so here it is...The Blue Devil Sister has finally come over from the dark side...she has mended her devilish ways and she is beginning to see the light blue light at the end of the tunnel.
So, there you have it...The Devil with the Blue Dress On!