You may have heard a certain movie golf player tell another golfer to “be the ball”. What happens when someone takes that to a whole new level? Time to find out!

Story by Clark Ness. Used with permission.  www.clarkness.com

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Basketball

By Clark Ness

 

“Good morning, teacher,” said William as he walked into his classroom before school.

 

“Good morning,” said his teacher who was sitting at the teacher’s desk. “How can I help you?”

 

“I want to be a basketball,” said William.

 

“Why do you want to be a basketball?” asked his teacher.

 

“I think it would be fun to fly in the air and then go swish through the basketball net,” replied William.

 

“Okay you can become a basketball. Please come over here,” said the teacher.

 

William’s teacher reached inside the teacher’s desk and pulled out the lucky buffalo coin.

 

William walked over to the teacher’s desk.

 

His teacher held the coin above William’s head.

 

“Basketball, basketball, basketball,” said the teacher.

 

There was a loud poof, followed by some white smoke, and William was a basketball.

 

One of William’s friends walked into the classroom just at that time.

 

“Do you want to go out and play basketball?” asked William the basketball.

 

His friend stopped right in his tracks and looked at the talking basketball. “How can a basketball talk?” he asked.

 

“It’s me, William,” said William. “Our teacher used her lucky buffalo coin and turned me into a basketball.”

 

“Boy, you must have done something really bad for her to turn you into a basketball,” said the friend.

 

“No, I didn’t. I asked her to turn me into a basketball because I wanted to be a basketball,” said William with a big smile.

 

“You kids can go outside and play,” said the teacher. “You have about five minutes before school will start. Just remember to bring William back inside.”

 

William’s friend grabbed William the basketball and ran outside with him.

 

“Cool basketball,” said the other kids on the playground.

 

“It is just me, your friend, William,” said the basketball.

 

“Neat,” said the kids.

 

The kids all played basketball with William the basketball.

 

“Does it hurt being a basketball?” asked one of the friends.

 

“Not a bit,” said William. “Shoot me through the hoop again.”

 

One of the kids picked up William and took a shot. Swish went William.

 

“That sure is fun,” said William. “Thanks.”

 

The school bell then rang.

 

William’s friend went back into the classroom with William and walked over to their teacher.

 

The teacher held up the lucky buffalo coin and said, “William, William, William.”

 

There was a poof, then some white smoke, and William was William the boy again.

 

“Thank you. It was a lot of fun being a basketball. Maybe tomorrow I can be a baseball,” said William.

 

“I am glad you had fun. We can see about you being a baseball tomorrow. Now, time for school,” said the teacher.