Looking To Fill In The Time: Lawn Bowls
(Niagara Falls Ont)
I retired at 55 after more than 32 years in public service. I spent a year going back to school to finish a degree then settled into a routine of looking after the housework and the meals for my wife who was still working.
I played a lot of golf but missed the competition of my former work world. Then I discovered lawn bowls. I joined a local club and contrary to popular belief it was not a bunch of old people in whiter clothing gently throwing a ball from one end of a pitch to the other.
There were rules to the game and some serious skills to acquire in order to play at a competitive level. Even after having a double bypass and a valve replacement I was looking forward to getting back into the game.
Now in my late sixties I compete with people of all ages from kids to great grandmas and great grandpas. There are also the social side of the games where you can interact with people on a regular basis.
The best part is that we have met so many wonderful people.