Well, perhaps demoralizing or humiliating is a better word than humbling…shall I explain?
Part of my dearth or posts these days is due to my travel schedule, but not to worry – this past weekend was a fun trip. I spent the weekend with a group of good friends, all women religious from various congregations, just spending time enjoying each other’s company. Praying and playing, supporting and reflecting, comforting and encouraging…
So here’s the link to the title of this post. On Saturday, 7 of us went bowling. I had not done so since a while before my back problems got really bad and I had to have surgery 3 years ago. Within a few frames, we were laughing so hard at the sheer number of gutter balls being thrown, that the manager asked if we wanted him to put up the bumper rails. A blow to my pride, but I went along with the majority on this.
But wait – that’s not the worst of it! Soon after we began bouncing balls off the rail for better scores, a group came in to use the rest of the lanes. And yes, we realized that an established league would naturally have better bowlers than us, being that all of us bowl very rarely. But here is what you have to consider – this was a blind bowling league! These bowlers used hand rails on the lane approaches to orient themselves with respect to the gutters. Then after they released their ball, a sighted spotter would call out to them what the ball was doing and what pins fell so that they knew how to adjust for the next ball. It was pretty impressive how well some of them were doing.
And no, I wasn’t really demoralized that blind bowlers were doing better than I. Just thought it a fun thing to blog about – I rather enjoy self-deprecating humor…
Safe journeys to my colleague Euan, an Australian who had a stopover here in Detroit on his way to the Frontiers in Education Conference. We had lunch, and he hung out with me in class today with my freshmen.
I’m totally exhausted right now and have to keep myself going, because tonight is my second installment of my “God’s Grounds” conversation group. I probably won’t be home until 10:00. Hope you all had a great weekend!