The high score

I never used to be a fan of ten-pin bowling. Bowling alleys were just too damn noisy – the music, the arcade machines, the raised voices… But then about 18 months ago a new, smaller bowling alley opened up locally, which was pretty much the opposite of any bowling alley I’d been to before.  We all loved it there, so we started to visit from time to time. We might go twice in a month, then we might not go for three or four months, but it’s become our favourite family treat.

I’m still rubbish at bowling though.

My husband has always been good at bowling, but now he’s been left behind. The boys have caught him up and now one of them has overtaken him in a big way.

A while ago, my younger son got three consecutive strikes. Suddenly, his dad was struggling to keep up.

When we went recently, thanks to a very well-timed discount email from the bowling alley which landed while my eldest was away on his DofE, my son did even better.

His bowling was immaculate. So strong, so accurate. And all without the bumpers, of course. Bumpers are for losers (I totally use bumpers, because without them I’d end up with 0 points).

Bowling, High score, Ten-pin bowling, Son

Yes, the lowest score is mine…

He scored four strikes, two of them consecutively. He finished with a fantastic score of 139.

Our bowling alley has a ‘top score of the day’ chart – one for kids and one for adults. Had he got the best kids’ score of the day?

Yes, he had!

I was stupidly proud to see his name and score up on that board. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for the rest of the day. Now he’ll have to go back and see if he can get an even better score…

Bowling, Son, High Score

Just a few stickers to celebrate his win…

“MumofThree

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ah love this! Sounds like you all had a great time – I can’t imagine my son taking over his daddy!

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    • Thanks very much! My husband is highly competitive, so I didn’t think my sons would overtake him quite so soon!

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  2. Ahh! Well done your boy!
    I haven’t been bowling for years….Probably about 20 years. hehehe

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    • Thanks very much. We hadn’t been for years until the nice bowling alley opened up. There’s such a nice atmosphere there that it keeps drawing us back!

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  3. Oh my goodness I want to be that good too!! 🙂 well done to him. I am so rubbish. I do get one or two strikes but they’re usually flukes. Sounds so much fun though!

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    • I’m glad to hear you’re rubbish too! If I get a strike it is always a total fluke!

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  4. Something tells me that there are going to be a few more extra visits to the bowling alley for your family. Well done on the scores. (Couldn’t you sneak down there for some extra practise while they’re at school? Just saying!) #loudnproud

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    • Ha ha, I should so do that! I want him to go with his friends. I think he’d love beating them – er – playing with them, I mean!

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  5. Lovely post – I can totally identify, my bowling skills are sadly lacking, much to the amusement of every other family member. My kids are a bit older now, but they still love bowling for some reason. You’ll probably be seeing that alley for a few years yet 🙂

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    • I think we probably will! It’s nice that we’ve found an activity that the whole family enjoys (although my daughter can sulk sometimes!). It’s great that your older kids still enjoy it.

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  6. What a great idea Sarah I feel quite inspired to go and book a session in half term! Well done your own underarm bowler and lovely to be part of it. I’m sorry to say I was banned from a bowling alley for running (not the whole length) of the alley in a vain attempt to get a strike after a rush of competitiveness came over me. Sad. x

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    • That’s hilarious! No wonder you were banned! It is a really nice family activity, although not a particularly cheap one. I’m sure we’ll be back before long to see if my son can top his score!

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  7. Ha ha how brilliant! I love bowling. Sadly none of my kids are that keen. Reckon we should take a trip in half term though, even if just for me 😉

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    • Yes, do it for you! My kids all enjoy it, although my daughter does have a slight tendency to sulk when she’s losing. Luckily for her it’s usually me that loses.

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  8. At some point the mantle must be passed onto the younger generation. I guess we teach them to compete, fairly, to lose graciously, and the time will come for us to do the same when they beat us.

    ‘Snot fair. *Humph*

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    • That’s pretty much how my husband feels! Proud, but surely his son shouldn’t be thrashing him at only 12!
      In other news, my 71 year old dad can still put up a good fight against my nearly 15 year old son!

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    • Thank you! He did so well. It’s a really good family activity 🙂 x

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  9. Oh that’s brilliant – well done to your son on getting the best kids score of the day, that’s amazing. I’m with you on not being so good at it though – the bumpers are a good way of making sure you score something at least! 🙂

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    • Thank you, he did brilliantly 🙂 So glad it’s not just me that has to resort to the bumpers! I’d be miserable if I scored nothing at all, which would be almost guaranteed if I didn’t have the bumpers! 😉

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  10. Oh fabulous, good for him! He should take it up as a sport, it’s supposed to be great fun to do socially with a club! I’m terrible at it like you though, it’s great having tiny kids so we can have the bumpers up and pretend it’s for them 😉
    Nat.x

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    • I hadn’t even considered him doing it as an actual sport! I’d love him to go along with his friends and have a game though. Yes, the bumpers are there for my daughter. It’s just coincidence that they stay up while I’m bowling! 😉 x

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  11. Ah well done to him! The bonus of having younger kids is you can tell them just to leave the bumpers on. Not that I need them too or anything 🙂 #loudnproud

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    • Thanks very much! I shamelessly insist on the bumpers on. It ‘s the only way for me to guarantee I will get any points at all.

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  12. We quite enjoy bowling too but I am terrible as well. We used to have the rails up for the kids when they were younger and I was thinking that wouldn’t be bad for me too! Well done to your son!

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    • Thanks very much. It seems like all the mums are pretty rubbish. I think you just need to put the bumpers back up just for you! 🙂

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  13. ahhh brilliant! i’m awful at it too but im always super pleased if i beat the hubby. we are both uber-competitive! #SSAmazingAchievements

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    • Thanks very much. Sadly, I’ve never beaten my husband, but at least my son does it now instead!

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  14. Well done your son! Great scores. I’m all for family sporty (get them away from tablets and gadgets) so a big thumbs up from me! Thanks for linking up #SSAmazingAchievements

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