kids_bowling_shoesI took the kids bowling today. Greg was at work, and our church group had planned a family day at the lanes long ago, so thinking it might be entertaining for the kids, we set out.
*Note to self: kids don’t need any extra entertaining. Life for them is simply a mad scramble of endless entertainment.
Before we actually started the games, the other family groups suggested that we have a little warm up. Let the kids throw a few balls just to get the feel of it. We got the feel pretty quickly.
Eddie felt that a good way to deliver the ball was to drop it and kick it. I’ve never seen a ball creep up on a pin. Contact came just as the ball ran out of steam. The pin leaned back, and then righted itself, ball resting at its side.
Stanley felt that a better way was to push it with all his might. One after another balls made it about half way up and stopped in the gutter.
Charles threw a magnificent ball that arrived just as Jane flipped the reload button and the sweep bar dropped down. The ball hit it and ricocheted back down the alley.
Alex felt that he would get a better chance of hitting the pins if he swung the ball a few times between his legs first. Unfortunately, he let go at the wrong end of the swing and the ball flew back past some very startled players and crashed into the seats.
As this was happening, Stanley and Eddie, running out of balls due to the fact that most of them were half way up the gutter, hopped from lane to lane, collecting balls.
The warm up lasted ten minutes after which it occurred to me that perhaps the folks who ran the alley might be open to giving me my money back. Our church group was very sympathetic, but no one – including the owners of the alley – tried to stop us from leaving. The only ones showing any regret were the children who left with a howl and a wail and four balls lined up in the gutter. I took that as a sign that one day they would return to the lanes. One day in the future. By themselves.

3 responses to “Bowling

  1. No sooner had I read the title Bowling, than I reflexively ducked in anticipation of balls and kids flying everywhere. Thanks for another entertaining page from your exhilarating life with six kids, Saint Faye!

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