We gathered, we did – we 4 families, being 6 parents and 8 kids – and in our gathering circle to open we each shared a highlight from our week. We found the start of the school year and the return of busy routines was a common feature.
We then walked the 5 minute stroll to the local Croquet green where we discovered the joy of generating a pendulum-like swing of a wooden mallet to send balls rolling across the impeccable lawn towards or, better yet – through – each metal hoop. In our teams of mixed (kids and parents) composition we hit and giggled and gratefully accepted the tuition and tips from our kind advisor, Don.
A fine afternoon was had by all. At the end, over a cuppa together, many of us commented on the value of carving out the time to connect and share this camaraderie and an activity together. We found it a fun activity for all – adults and kids alike (from about 8 yo up).
Even the sprinkling rain could not deter us from playing, and as it gradually got a bit heavier it added a sense of adventure to the return walk too.