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What to do When There is no School? Bowling at Mahall's of Course!

No school?  What to do?  Sure there is the library or maybe catch a movie but why go there when you can go bowling!  Actually, I wish I would have done this years ago.  Yes, I admit it, I have never taken my children bowling.  Why you ask?  Well, I really don't have a clue why seeing as Mahall's is only a few blocks from our house and it is the same one my little brother and I use to go to for bowling lessons.  Yes, bowling lessons.

I won't bore you with stories of my youth spent in bowling alleys.  I won't tell you that my parents were not only on a couples league that bowled every Sunday (for all of my formative years) but my mom was also on a ladies league at Mahall's and my dad did men's night at a place on the corner of our street.  And, yes, my little brother and I really took bowling lessons at the same place I took the kids today.

I told them of my plans last week so my second grader could invite a friend.  He ended up bringing two friends and thankfully one of the moms came with us.  Not sure if I could have managed mine plus two more second graders. Besides, it is just weird to drink alone when you have kids playing.  Of course, by telling them of the plans in advance every few hours (for a week) I was asked when we were going.  That alone would normally drive me crazy but I was so excited that I was counting the days.

The plan was to have lunch there and bowl but when we arrived the doors were locked and a note on the door said to call the phone number to be let in.  To be let in?  Turns out, they don't seem to get much business during the day and for the life of me I don't know why they were not packed.  All of our suburb was off of school today and we were the only folks bowling.

Don't get me wrong - being the only ones there was awesome but I am beside myself that there were not more families there.  A fairly cheap*, wholesome family activity that might even count as a physical activity is just the thing to do on a day off from school and work.  Than again it has taken me three years to get here and I am so glad we did it today.

*cheap = six shoe rentals, one game of five bowlers, one pitcher of soda pop and two coffees with Baliey's - $42.00.
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