Since I’ve been back in the States, I’ve really enjoyed visiting with my friends and family and doing all the things I really enjoy. This may surprise some, but I really do enjoy bowling. There’s just something about sitting back with a beer or two and making a complete fool of yourself as you roll a 12 pound ball at some white pins.
A few years back I even partook in a league. While at the highpoint of my “career” I managed to have a 155 average and a high game of 218, I think the more memorable aspects of the weekly endeavors were the tequila frames. But I digress…
Last night I went out with Jo and her family. Her entire family. This is important because her parents came with us. Her father, back in the day, used to go bowling every Sunday, and from what I hear, was really into the game. However, a few years ago he suffered a stroke and has been wheelchair bound with a loss of most motor and speech functions.
I was excited because most US lanes have a handicap assist device that allows those with CP, MS, etc. the opportunity to bowl. They had never seen such a device before and were skeptical when I kept on saying that Dad would be able to bowl too. When he saw the device and we told him what it was for, the man nearly jumped up out of his chair.
He started sliding off his shoes and standing up. He was ready to bowl.
It took a few times for him to get the hang of aiming and pushing the ball down the ramp. But when he got it… he was on fire. Each time it was his turn to bowl, we’d wheel him up to the line and set the device. He’d then fine tune the aim. I’d set the ball on the ramp and he’d push it towards the pins.
He did very well, scoring an 84 and a 97 in the two games we bowled. He even got a few strikes and spares. When those happened, his eyes widened more and she started yelling with joy. It was AWESOME!!!!!