10 Years of Waiting, A Story of Jerseys

In a crossroad of a southern provincial road, there was an odd man setting at the passage, day after day. He was so old that passer-by almost could not recognize his age and his face, but there was one thing very conspicuous, that was a jersey wearing on his body. The jersey was broken so much, but the English letter NBA still be more than clear to read. The old man wouldn’t leave, neither accept any assistance from government or personal. He was stubborn, all day long people just heard his self-talking that, “ I will wait for you forever, then we can play basketball together…”

Before long, the old man was dead, the local government held a grave funeral for him in the military ceremony. Afterwards, people knew a great story from the old man’s diary. The truth is that, the old man was a solider served for nation for 10 years last century. And there was an unforgettable experience happened on him, that’s a story about a jersey.

According to his diary, 40 years ago, he was an ordinary dogrobber in army. At that time, the army he stayed was ordered to participant in a great battle in a strange country. The fight was very hard, he and his men were suffered a lot. Nobody knew how long could they persist for this meaningless war. Among them, there was a young man, same age as him, they all called the young man as “little Jordan” for that the young man loved basketball so much that he could hold his ball even in sleep. Little Jordan always told him that he wanted to be a professional basketball player after war, and all his dreams was to have one his own jersey. Affected by Jordan so much that he begun to play basketball after battle.

Soon later, they became best friends and promised for each other that they would join the NBA together after the term of service. However, in a fierce battle, Jordan was dead because of covering for him. But he never forgot their promise.

For 40 years, he just set in the crossroad and waited for his battle companion. He wore the jersey for Jordan could find him at one sight they met. After the old man’s death, the local government collected this jersey in to the museum as a symbol of freedom and friendship. And this is also the spirit of America.