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Maddie's Got Game

Updated on February 9, 2011

"Pop, we are going to play five quarters tonight," Maddie, my eight year old granddaughter, said.

I had just picked her up at school and asked about the time her church league game would start.

"Why would you play five quarters," I asked."It's always four quarters."

She said that the preacher, her coach, had told her that and asked if I thought he would lie. I assured her I thought no such thing and we went on to Chick-fil-A.

When Maddie was about three she was sitting on a couch in our living room playing with a doll and possibly with her imaginary friend, Carly Burton, Jr. It was always sort of hard to know when Carly dropped by. I think he was reality impaired.

My wife was dusting the top of a china cabinet from a stool, moving various glass knick-nacks and candlesticks.

"Nae Nae, you're going to break that," Maddie said.

"No, I'm being careful Maddie."

"You're going to break it," Maddie repeated.

About a minute later my wife was shaking her head and incredulously sweeping up glass fragments.

Maddie's team was ahead by two points and she had not sunk a single basket. In the closing seconds of the fourth quarter their opponents hit one from the corner, tying the game.

Maddie's team has never played in overtime before and I'm not even sure she was aware that there is such a thing. They have only won two games all year.

Maddie scored seven points in overtime to help win the the fifth quarter.


All I know for sure is that if Maddie ever announces out of the blue that I am going to win the lottery, I'm headed to the nearest convenience store.


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      Ronnie Sowell 

      7 years ago from South Carolina


      Thanks for reading my hub. We keep a running notebook full of stuff the three granddaughters say. Priceless.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Kids are fascinating, i can't wait to become a grandfather so that i can immerse myself in their worlds. My two daughters had a bad experience with basketball, the coach thought he was addressing twenty five year olds. They quit and never went back to that sport.

      You should write down all the cute saying they come out with so they aren't forgotten. Thanks nice hub.

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      Ronnie Sowell 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      You are right, Christy! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      7 years ago

      I think it's safe to say this child knows what she is talking about Pop!

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      Ronnie Sowell 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks, but you don't know many! LOL

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      7 years ago

      You are the best writer I know! I always enjoy reading your stuff!

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      Ronnie Sowell 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      I asked, she said "Great". If that works out she will be three for three!

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      7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Ask Maddie how my book will sell, please. Thanks. Lynda

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      Ronnie Sowell 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for the comment and for reading. Think I'll drive, but quickly!

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Kids are the BEST!

      and YES, I think you should RUN to the nearest convenience store if she ever makes that claim.




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