When we were young, we lived in Surrey, about 8 miles South of London. There were innumerable places to visit and on Sundays, our parents used to take us out for visits to parks or public gardens or places of historical interest. When the weather was bad, the whole family played cards or board games, or watched television. My father’s version of tiddlywinks involved all of us madly scrambling around on all fours to flick away other family members’ “winks”. We laughed so hard our sides ached, and it made potting our own “winks” difficult. But it was great fun, and those occasions are still fondly remembered. Our family relationships were greatly enhanced by doing things together. We played together, prayed together, and have stayed together. My parents are gone now, but my sisters and brother have maintained a closeness of spirit even though we live many miles apart, and I credit that to the whole family participating in activities every Sunday.
I played for 20 years in the Kirkland Ladies’ SlowPitch League, and the years I remember best were those where our team met for breakfast every 2 weeks, even in the off-season. We were not the most talented, but we won the league and playoffs because we were the most “together” team. Shared activities bring people closer, without doubt.
Bowling is an activity in which all family members can participate, since age and athleticism are not important. There are so many demands that pull families apart … let’s take the opportunity to have some fun and participate in an activity that brings us together! – Sharon