Mrs. Eagle and I often get concerned that we obsess too much over school and tend to let it take over our lives. It's hard to escape. School doesn't end when the bell rings, but often continues after supper and until we go to bed in the form of grading papers, updating grades, working on ideas for projects, researching labs, whatever. And to make it worse, Mrs. Eagle and I spend a lot of non-school time together and even then we tend to start "talking shop' when we should really just let it go.
The challenge is finding something that will force us to stop thinking about school and starting relaxing a bit. I'm back trying to run (or plod as the case may be) and that's helping some. And I'm trying not to take too much home in the evenings, but that's a challenge as well.
In any case, Mrs. Eagle, back in September, calls me up and asks if I'd like be the fourth person on her bowling team for a winter league. She bowls along with her daughter and son-in-law, both delightful young people, in the Old-Timers League at one of the local bowling alleys. (I guess as long as you have someone over the age of 50 on your team, you can be an Old-Timer.) For them, it's kind of a date-night where they drop the little one off with her grandfather and go out and have some fun.
"You do realize," I said, "that I haven't bowled in 35 years?"
"Yes," she said.
"And I sucked then," I said.
"That's okay," she said. "Come on, it would be fun, and besides the kids suggested you."
Fine. She talked me into it. Well, maybe I should have said she bribed me into it when she went and bought me an early Christmas present in the form of bowling shoes.
So anyhow, I'm now in a bowling league on Monday nights. And yes, I still suck. But gosh, I'm having fun. And Mrs. Eagle's daughter is enjoying it because, as she said, "I'm no longer the worst one on the team." What's neat is that everyone, all the other players, are so nice and helpful and it's just a fun atmosphere. We get out there, we play, we talk, we relax. It's awesome.
And my average is 74.
Told you I sucked.
But I'm hoping to break 100 one of these days. And I want a bowling ball for Christmas.