When was the last time you went bowling? My husband and I went last week with our daughter and the kids. No school for Sylvie and a rainy day meant some indoor activities. Bowling was one option.
And hasn’t it changed! Glow bowling is new to us
but electronic score keeping makes it less interesting for me. We only ever had five pin bowling and now ten pin is available in every lane. A bumper in the gutters preventing gutter balls when kids are bowling keeps the kids interested. Birthday parties still happen at the alley but alcohol is available to the adults now.
My husband and I bowled in the early 1970s when we were dating. His parents were bowlers too and we went with them sometimes. One Christmas they gave us matching bowling shoes so we didn’t have to rent shoes at the alley.
When we married, we moved to a town where we couldn’t bowl so the shoes went to the back of the closet. They've been there for over forty years now and moved between provinces with us. I used them briefly a few years ago. My husband hasn’t used his in all that time.
Here they are, vintage bowling shoes.
They are still comfortable and get the job done. Nothing like the bowling shoes today, they are a testament to my husband’s reluctance to dispose of anything which is in excellent condition and may be needed in the future.
“See? They did come in handy,” he said.
They didn’t help us much though. Our seven year old granddaughter, Sylvie, handily beat our scores.
There’s always next time.