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Tennis balls were a big part of my childhood. They were versatile—a soft alternative for backyard baseball, a bouncy ball to throw off the wall, a centerpiece for an imaginative new contest—and, in our family, they were abundant. My mother’s cousin was a longtime tennis teaching pro who kindly gifted us bags stuffed with a hundred tennis balls.
Still, to this day, I always keep at least one tennis ball in my car trunk where it sits waiting for me to break the proverbial glass in case of emergency. One recent morning, with no preceding greeting or context, I texted my brother, “Do you have a tennis ball in your car right now?” He replied immediately,…