Friday, April 5, 2013

Click!


The takeaway

The follow-through

I was sitting on the bench beside the pond enjoying the sunshine and watching the loon as he would dive and resurface far from his entry point.  Trying to guess where he would emerge in hopes of getting a snapshot was my immediate entertainment.

Then I heard the "click" and it was a familiar sound.  I looked up and across the pond.  On the other side of the lane and perhaps eighty yards away I spotted the old coot practicing his golf swing.  It is okay for me to designate the gentleman as such, for I am an old coot myself.  As I watched him a while, I concluded that he may not have the most powerful swing on the course, but I daresay he would make someone a formidable opponent, or an excellent partner.

I was never a golfer, and in fact I had never played the game until after I retired.  Ellie, my wife at the time, was an avid golfer and an accomplished instructor.  She offered to teach me the game.  So.  Then she bought me a new set of clubs.  And.  We became golf buddies.

Though I missed her terribly, of course, I continued to tromp the fairways for about seven years after her death.  Her brother, Richard, became my pal on the course.  He, of course, is much better at the game than I ever was, and he continues to play on a regular basis.  I quit the game because of the pain in the left shoulder and my reluctance to see a surgeon about that.

"Doc, my shoulder hurts when I swing a golf club."

"Then don't swing a golf club."

Seems right to me.

11 comments:

Shelly said...

I've played many sports, but golf hasn't been one of them. I do plan to learn, though, in my retirement years.

vanilla said...

NOTE: yOU MAY FIND STRING TOO SHORT TO TIE BACK HOME ON ITS OWN WEB SITE, FRIDAY, APRIL 6.

vanilla said...

Shelly, I'm guessing you will do very well at the game, and that you will enjoy it!

Lin said...

I thought the "loon" was the guy in the photo.....then I kept reading. :)

Winston Churchill on golf: Golf is a good walk ruined. He's my guy--I'm going with that.

Secondary Roads said...

"Old Coot" is a status that is not easily attained. We should take appropriate pride in that, don't you think?

vanilla said...

Lin, on many issues, it would be pretty hard to argue with Churchill. (Well, since he's dead, it would be pretty hard to argue with him on any issue.)

vanilla said...

Chuck, I do take pride in that status! "Senior citizen" though, I am not so fond of.

Grace said...

My mother used to watch golf on television - never missed a game...since she knew next nothing about golf we asked her her: Why? Her answer: I like to watch them wiggle their butts

vanilla said...

Grace, too funny. Mother knew what she liked!

Vee said...

I've discovered I do better at things I learned at a younger age. Can sew - can't dance.

vanilla said...

Vee, your mother would approve.