I’ve never been one to live my life through my kids, or push things on them that I never was able to do. I want only for them to be who they are and find their own passions.
But I must say I am thrilled that Mario has seemed to develop my passion for bowling. She doesn’t have the obsessive gene that I have, but she’s got the talent and the desire and the willingness to learn, and I am lovin’ it!
Like me, she’s bowling with the boys and kickin’ butt. Very few of the high school girls have shown an interest in bowling, so the few who have tried out for the boys team. And with a minimal amount of boys trying out, the girls were able to make the team.
Mario, by far, is the best of the JV team. Some of the boys can out score her occasionally with their power, but she has the consistency, the ability to adjust, and a natural talent that will take her to new heights. Her coaches have allowed her to start every game, and she has yet to be taken out early. Even when she’s slightly off, they seem to have confidence in her to be able to pull it back together.
She’s got a long way to go to be able to compete with the boys on varsity, but I know she can do it. SHE knows she can do it. A little more practice with spare shooting and controlling her mind game, and she’ll rocket to the top.
For the first time since I gave up bowling, I have an itch to get back into it. Watching her has made me realize how much I miss the competition, the feeling of bowling well, and the pride of winning.
I dug through my old bowling balls to see if any still fit. Memories overwhelmed me when I put my hand in the ball. I was taken back to the days when I lived to bowl, and for a minute I yearned to go back to those days.
The fear of not being as good as I once was is the only thing holding me back.
2008-09 HONOR SCORES
Brian – 300 game on March 1, 2009
Gary – 300 game on April 17, 2009
Phil – 300 game on February 11, 2009
Todd – 300 game on November 5, 2008
Eddie – 300 game on January 16, 2009
– 826 series on March 27, 2009
ShadowRun – 300 game on October 16, 2008
Matt – 299 game on February 20, 2009
Glenn – 300 game on November 5, 2008
Dan – 300 game on September 11, 2008
Scott – 300 game on March 27, 2009
James – 300 game on February 18, 2009
Mark – 300 game on April 8, 2009
Who knows if I’ll ever return to bowling. For now, I’m seriously enjoying being a Bowling Mom.