In the story of ‘All-Ball’, the girl’s dad is going to Korea, so when she gets the last fifty cents from him before he goes on his one year trip she decides to spend it wisely. In the end she actually starts a strange relation with a ball. To her, that ball could be her most valued possession, which goes to show that anything can have value, if you look at it the right way. From your parents, who are mostly very important, to a cheap rubber ball.
In the beginning of ‘All-Ball’, the girl’s dad is going to Korea for one year. She cries a lot, and starts to try and store memories of her dad, by remembering even the simplest of things. The girl cared very much about her dad, and feared the worst about when he is gone. Parents have a very important part to play in a child’s life story, even children without them are affected by the absence of parental guidance. Parents are very ‘valuable’ to children, and are the people who mold them to be who they are in the end. When the main character gets the ball, it is not viewed that she loves her parents as much as a ball, but that she loves a ball as much as her parents.
Later on in the story the girl gets fifty cents, and she buys the perfect ball. She thinks, “This is the most precious fifty cents I will ever spend.” When she buys the ball, she names ‘him’ All-Ball. All-Ball becomes apart of the family, if not part of HER family. She creates story to the bounce of his rubber, and is so valuable he could distract her from the sorrow of her dad leaving. All-Ball is like a new addition to the family for her, and as if he were her new baby brother, she sleeps with him, and he makes her feel happy. And, as All-Ball is part of her family now, he has just the same value as anyone else in her family.
Near the end of the story, a dog comes by as All-Ball and the girl are taking a walk, (or for All-Ball a bounce) and during a bounce, the dog bites All-Ball and chews him to pieces. The girl screamed and shrieked as if her human family was being eaten alive, and all the neighbors came out to see the problem. While she walked home she held all of All-Ball’s pieces in her hands, and when she GOT home she went into mourning. During her ‘mourning’ she even states her mother had the DECENCY to make everyone leave her alone. This shows that she really was devastated, and possibly traumatized. In her sorrow she even slept with the pieces of All-Ball, as she used to back when he was whole. As the story is written like the girl was looking into her memories, she says that whenever she remembers All-Ball she becomes very sad, which REALLY shows that he was almost everything to her in the small glimpse of her life he was still around.
The story All-Ball can show that, from a certain view, anything can be important, and have value. Even though she can come off as weird, ignorant, or anything else, her heart was still in the right place. She shows that the price doesn’t represent the prize.