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True Innocents: Bocce Ball with a 3 Year Old





S3nd K3ys
On his blog, S3nd K3ys wrote:
Ever played bocce ball? (Bouclé?)

Kind of like marbles, only with really big, steel balls.

Earlier this week my son (Cz) and I were playing. He's 3. My other son, Aj, was in charge of throwing the jack ball. He's 1. They both did extremely well. Cz excelled at bocce ball much same as most other things he's too young to do, but has been doing for quite a while. Like shooting, riding quads (gas and elect), towing a trailer containing his elect motorcycle with his elect jeep, making-out with a Marine Officer's daughter in the back of my truck, etc.

And now he plays bocce ball. It's quite the 'big boys' game if you ask him. Mostly because AJ can't pick up the ball yet, and Cz can wing it quite a good distance with one hand.

2 days ago (I think, it's still a bit foggy), after we finished playing, we were sitting on a lawn chair talking about the game and some other important topics, like trying to decide if we should play trucks, or go for a ride.

I saw the jack ball on the grass a few yards away. It was far enough away that Cz wouldn't likely be able to hit it unless he really wound up for the throw. Almost without thinking, I tossed my bocce ball towards it. Cz saw this and wanted to play, but I had turned to look at one of the nee-nee's (horse) at our neighbor's house making noise. He wound up for a throw and started letting it go... just as I started to turn back towards him from looking at the nee-nee's.

I saw a bright flash of light. Then darkness and silence...

I remember hearing "I'm sorry, Daddy! I'm sorry"

After thinking about it the next day, I remembered seeing a large silver sphere just before the flash of white.

I can only hope this is one of those events he'll forget about.
Subsonic Sound
Is bocce ball the same as Boules, by any chance?

If so, I don't envy you. A steel boules ball to the head would NOT be fun.

http://www.gardengames.co.uk/acatalog/boules%20big.jpg ?
S3nd K3ys
Subsonic Sound wrote:
Is bocce ball the same as Boules, by any chance?

If so, I don't envy you. A steel boules ball to the head would NOT be fun.

http://www.gardengames.co.uk/acatalog/boules%20big.jpg ?


Yep. (I just inadvertantly have a "c" in the name)

On his blog, S3nd K3ys wrote:
Ever played bocce ball? (Bouclé?)

Kind of like marbles, only with really big, steel balls.



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