A small boy in an Everton shirt waves his arms like wings, shimmies down the dunes and kicks a ball across the tidal sands. A huge smile lights up his face. He can move freely now and breathes in the fresh air. It is a different world from when he was in his hospital bed. Some of the players came to visit him, preparing him for what he had always dreamt of. To walk on to the pitch of his favourite team as their mascot.
The day eventually came. The crowd roared. He and his twin sister walked on to the pitch. She carried the ball because he was too weak. She passed the ball to the referee. The team captains shook their hands, put their arms around them for a photograph. They waved the players good luck, waved at the crowd and watched their heroes beat Manchester United 3-1. It was an amazing day. A day he would never forget. He fell asleep with a big smile on his face, taking the memories of his biggest day with him on his next journey.
from the stars
you throw us a ball
a thousand smiles
© Xenia Tran
This post is dedicated to the memory of our nephew Jamie Baker (1977-1986) who died of leukaemia hours after appearing as a mascot for Everton Football Club.
With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx
Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA.
In response to Carpe Diem #1180 – Departure
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