My Career as a Bowler

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As a kid, I was forced to try a variety of sports in school physical education classes. Unfortunately, due to my visual impairment, I was not successful at any of them. I either fell on my face or was hit in the face with a ball. When throwing, my aim was terrible. When I was in college however, I discovered a sport I could do pretty well.

In 1981, I was entering my second year at Sheridan College in my Wyoming home town. I was required to take at least two semesters of P.E. It was time for me to quit procrastinating and do it. I signed up for bowling because to me, that seemed to require the least athletic ability and the chance of injury was slim.

The first few days of class were humiliating. No matter what I did, the ball always ended up in the gutter. Fortunately…

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4 Responses to My Career as a Bowler

  1. Thank you, Patty, for re-blogging this.

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    • Patty says:

      Hi Abbie.

      You’re very welcome.

      Your post brought back a memory for me.

      When I was 7-years-old I began going to the local swimming pool with my older sisters. I saw other kids’ swimming, and doing neat tricks in the water. I wanted to do those things too.

      Oh, I had neat floaties, wonderful kick-boards, and even a pair of fins and a neat face mask.

      But.

      I couldn’t swim.

      First, my parents tried enrolling me in a swimming class at one of the pools we visited. That did not work because the instructor would stand at the end of the pool and tell us what to do and insist that we imitate the other students.

      Even though I had some usable vision I could not keep up with the others due to my inability to see long distances.

      After a while I dropped out and was ever so disappointed.

      Then, one day my mother heard that the Red Cross was going to sponsor a swimming class for disabled children. After that my whole life changed. My parents made sure I got to every class and soon I was swimming round like a little fish and was happy as a clam.

      My sisters took me to the pool all summer to practice too and so the whole family was involved.

      Those were some of my happiest days as a child.

      Though I never joined the swim-team I did learn to swim and enjoy doing so to this day.

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