Bocce Ball

We’re planning to spend a three-day weekend on Hatteras Island, a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, about two hours south of home. We go there a lot, year round, but really love the quiet of the off season. We can drive the Jeep on the beach for miles, watch pods of dolphins playing the surf off the beach, and the flocks of pelicans patrolling the shallows for fish.

We stay at a bed and breakfast right in the village and have made friends with the innkeepers, a couple who escaped from the big city to manage the inn, built in 1920. This morning, Tracey called to remind me to bring the bocce balls for the weekend. Bocce ball is an interesting sport that just about anyone can play. A set of bocce contains four sets of heavy wooden balls. Ours are green and maroon, with different designs carved into them to mark  four pairs, but we usually play as partners. The only other thing needed for bocce is a big yard, grassy field, or stretch of beach. The point of the game is to see who can throw their ball closest to the point ball- a small white ball. The scoring is complicated, and usually fascinates the men, who measure and stride off distances and squint at invisible angles, while the women retreat to sip cold beverages. It’s a relaxing way to spend an afternoon or early evening. The click of the wooden bocces hitting  is a sound I always associate with warm weather and good friends. I am really looking forward to Friday night.

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