On this Wednesday night, between bites of take-out food from their favorite Italian eatery, Pasta Plus, the family huddles in the basement recreation room to engage in some early-evening family bonding. This time, it’s a fast-paced pickup game of (what else?) basketball using kid-size hoops and enough energy to power half of the street lamps in Howard County. The chaos, controlled and sensibly measured, is peppered with “oohs” and “ahhs.” Mom unleashes a graceful fast break, followed in hot pursuit by the boys. Up and down, back and forth. Heavy breathing that tests stamina
and perseverance while delivering a matchless aerobic workout.