After going through a divorce and thrown back into the dating world, I have to admit, the picking wasn’t that impressive. I enjoyed being by myself or with close friends and family more than I enjoyed dating. So when a friend invited me to join a bocce league with her, I begrudgingly joined.
I was living in Washington, D.C. at the time and many people participated in recreational sports and activities. Being an Italian New Yorker, I was no stranger to bocce. I grew up playing the game at every family event.
On the first day that our bocce league met, I went with no makeup, a messy ponytail, and a bit of a chip on my shoulder. However, when my friend started talking to a guy whose cute friend then walked over, I was wishing I had taken the time to pretty-up a few minutes before. That cute friend is now my husband. Matt was one of the coordinators of the league and joining my friend that day was the best decision I ever made.
That was more than six years ago and since then we have moved to Omaha and started a family. For the past few years, we have only played bocce in our backyard.
However, that is all about to change.
In May, we’ll be joining the first ever Big O Bocce league – a recreational bocce league for people who are 21-and-older. You can register as a single player or be placed on a team, or create your own team of 5 to 8 players with its own clever, personalized name. It’s an opportunity to meet new people or get together with old friends. What’s better than throwing a few balls of bocce and socializing in a beautiful park?
The thing I love about bocce is that it’s relaxing. If you are a parent, you can come for a night away from the kiddos, or even bring them to watch. I loved being able to get to know my husband and many other new people when I first played on a league. I’m excited to throw the bocce balls again… and this time I might even throw on a bit of makeup. Maybe.
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NEED TO KNOW: BIG O BOCCE LEAGUE
The Big O Bocce league will met 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting May 21 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing for six weeks. A $30 fee gets you on the league, a T-shirt, entry to the end of the year party, champion trophies and a portion will benefit a local charity. Register or find more information at www.bigobocce.com
Danielle Herzog is married and a mother to two children. Read her every Wednesday on momaha.
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