My 14-year old son is on his way to becoming a pro-bowler. Of course, I’m biased as his mom, but seriously, he’s a good bowler and getting better. That’s after two years of bowling with his middle school team added to his natural talent. In September 2018, he joined a youth bowling league since he decided to go to a high school that doesn’t have a bowling team (yet–I’m working on that) and the league bowls at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Yikes! No kid or parent, for that matter, wants to get up and at ’em that early every Saturday morning but we’ve both been doing it. When I knock on his door at 8 a.m., he gets up without any mumbling and grumbling. Believe me, this was not the case 4 years ago when I signed him up for this very same league.
You see, I knew my son was a good bowler the very first time I took him bowling when he was 6 or 7 years old, maybe earlier. But since I only bowled leisurely, that was the only time he bowled. Then I learned about the scholarship opportunities in bowling. That propelled me to get him bowling more, to master the sport. Unfortunately, he wasn’t ready for that when I was. Waking him up at 8:00 a.m., then, was like telling him summer vacation was over every single weekend. He was not happy. After a few weeks of dealing with the twisted up face and sulkiness, I was not happy. We dropped out.
So I will be forever grateful for the middle school he attended for having a bowling team. My son learned to enjoy the sport and competitiveness of the game. I don’t believe he’d be okay with these early morning league and tournament days without that groundwork being laid.
I love that he has bought into this now. Better late than never. Not only does he enjoy the sport, he understands the doors that it can open for him with scholarship opportunity and the professional sport of bowling. I know the potential for greatness is there. As his mom, I’m willing to do what I have to do to help him get there–even if that means committing the first 2 1/2 hours of my Saturday mornings to the bowling alley. It just so happens that the 2 1/2 hours is also a good time for me to get in a weekend workout, work on my novel, or do some reading.
Hopefully over the next four years I’ll be posting about his tournament winnings, scholarships, and college recruitment.
LaCharmine (L.A.) Jefferson