A commonality is found and memories are made.
Not every person who bowls comes from a family of bowlers, some pick it up from a friend or co-worker. A fun night out can sometimes lead to a regular outing. A league is joined and a new family is formed.
Family isn’t just about blood. In the bowling community, individuals come together week after week usually for at least 32 weeks out of the year. Bowling teams sometimes see each other more often than their family members. They become, in a sense, a type of family.
We share the details of our every day. We miss them when they are not there. We look forward to our weekly get- together. We care for our “bowling families.”
Over time, the oil patterns on the lanes may change, our bowling styles change and our averages sometimes seem to be on a roller coaster, but we continue. We embrace our passion for the sport, for better or worse.
After all, isn’t that what families do?