#494: A Scary Moment Bowling Today
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Today I left Orlando for a two-hour drive to Stuart, FL, a quaint, small town on the state's east coast, south of Vero Beach. It was a pleasant and uneventful drive. After registering for the Law/Firefighter/Corrections/Mi
litary Games I met my teammates at the bowling center for a practice session.
I had a pair of shoe covers on my bowling shoes as I went to the restroom before we started bowling. The covers are intended to keep water or other moisture off the shoes, especially the sliding one.
I went to roll my first ball, not noticing I forgot to remove the shoe covers. Since the soles of the covers are rubber and don't slide, I stuck, fell down and slid several feet onto the lane, landing hard on my left (non-bowling) hand.
My left hand fingers bend okay now but the wrist is swollen and painful. Tomorrow will tell if it gets better or worse.
When I think of the injuries that fall could have caused, or that it could have happened to my bowling hand, I can only say, "Thank you Lord."
As with most lessons of life, this one was hard-earned -- I will always look at my feet before bowling to ensure the shoe covers are off.
I can not imagine what would have happened and how I would have gotten home if I had broken a leg or had a worse injury than I did. So, if you ever suffer a fall or close call, picture how much worse it could have been then look heavenward and offer thanks.
Someone was looking out for me today while teaching me a lesson.