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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Further to

yesterdays Poetry Monday topic of 'sport'....
I can remember in grade school being mustered all together at recess to play baseball of all things.  I was terrified of the ball coming at me and when I struck out or cowered and was given a walk I stood there dazed not knowing what to do.  Everyone was screaming at me..'run, run'.   "Which way?" I screamed back.  That was my first experience with baseball.  Later in the game one of the big boys broke his leg.  We never played baseball again.

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  1. You were terrified, the boys probably thought your not understanding the game was cute.

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    1. From what I can remember about the few boys in that little one room school, most of them seemed to think that girls were a pain in the ......

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  2. I remember a number of broken arms, but no legs. And playing vigaro in bare feet and cutting my foot badly (multiple stitches) when one of the teachers noticed glass in the outfield and moved it out of the way - to beside the wicket. I really don't know what she was thinking, but remember the gore and the trip to hospital well.

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    1. I said 'vigoro' a couple of times and then started singing Figaro Figaro....why do they have activities in schools where kids can get injured?

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  3. For a while, at school, I played vigoro...a girls' sport...a mix between cricket and baseball would be the best description.

    One player, Mae, her name was, played like a boy...as strong as a boy. She terrified me. She bowled a ball at me one day and it hit me on the forehead. Then another day shortly thereafter she tossed a ball and that one hit me on my nose. That was the day I gave up playing vigoro...I never played it again.

    I had a feeling the old saying "everything comes in threes" would come into play...and her next ball would hit me in the mouth, knocking out a couple of my teeth. I wasn't prepared to test the saying!

    I never hear much about vigoro these days...I don't know if it's still played at schools.

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    1. My sister used to mention vigoro and I never knew what it was.

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    2. I tried to 'google' it but all I got was lawn fertilizer for my trouble. Someone please explain what this is.

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    3. I found a link on Wikipedia explaining Vigoro, I hope this helps Vigoro Wikipedia I had never heard of it before this either.

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    4. I shall look it up....not gonna play it though...no way no how lol.

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  4. So sad to hear about your experience in sports. I used to enjoy sports. I an a basket ball player...

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    1. When I look back on that day now.. I get the giggles thinking of that little girl standing there shouting 'whih way'. I actully, in adult years, got not too bad at hitting the ball (anything to get it away from me lol) but I never did figure out which wayd to go and who was on my team Nice to see you here Weekend.........drop in any time.

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  5. I'm not a fan of flying objects coming straight at my face either, especially those travelling at the speed of light.

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    1. So many of the rough and tumble sports seem to involve something travelling through the air that could take out a tooth or break a nose.

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  6. I am sports handicapped. When a ball comes at me, I hit the ground. Thankfully, my children did not inherit my bad coordination and fear of airborne objects.

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  7. That was a pretty terrifying first baseball game, it appears that you were simply thrown into the game without being told how to play it beforehand.

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    1. Oh they probably went though the rules but I was one of those kids who either had their nose in a book or their eyes on the clouds and their mind somewhere else entirely.

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  8. In school, I was made to play softball as part of our 'Physical Education' class. I have no depth perception and had no idea when the ball was in range. Nobody wanted me on their team, least of all me.

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    1. I can see where that would make you sweat never knowing how close or far away the ball was.

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  9. I remember one of the most embarrassing 'sports' stories I have was from when I was playing middle school basketball. It was a hectic, crazy game, right down to the wire, and I ended up getting the ball, getting turned around, and shooting the 'winning' shot into the wrong hoop.

    I legitimately crawled in the attic of the school and cried. Looking back on it now, it's kind of hilarious.

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    1. Oh my goodness....that kind of thing can scar a kid for life.

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  10. I loved sports. All sports. Played on the school teams. Then the 'cool' girls labelled me as 'rough'. Which really bothered me.
    I quit playing.
    The influence of peers . . .

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    1. Ah, those 'cool' girls....they changed many a life. You have to be pretty tough to resist peer pressure.

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  11. It was the balls in any game that bothered me the most. I was blind without my glasses, and maybe I couldn't see the balls very well even when I had them on, because I rarely caught or hit the darn things. Once I got hit in the back of the head with a basketball and my glasses flew off and I couldn't find them by myself. At least my classmates helped me find them :)

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    1. There's nothing worse than needing your glasses to find your glasses.

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  12. I wanted my children to play soccer. My daughter didn't like any sports and my son hated soccer. Finally I let him play baseball. His first time at bat (I think it was T-Ball) he got hit with the ball in the mouth. I thought sure he would go back to soccer after that, but nope...he still loved baseball and played through high school as well as encouraging both his boys to play.

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  13. Our family have always been quite sporty ...

    I do think it a shame that not so many parents even seem to play ordinary catch the ball games any more or things like skipping!
    If families are not too sporty they can still enjoy a walk and maybe a nature trail too.

    All the best Jan

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