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A view from the balcony during lockdown

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There is nothing more ironic than my Blog title at this time.

It’s been several months since we have been able to set foot on a balcony to watch our beloved sport. Amateurs, professionals and complete novices like myself have had to walk to line, listen to Boris, Mark and Nicola to keep safe and well. Keeping healthy though has been another challenge all together.

My little Welsh squash dragon went up an age group 5 weeks before ‘Lock down’, and he is not so little now as he has grown a few inches during lock down, making me the shortest person in the house.

Pre- lock down we had plans! The first of which was to play at the Lansdown Club in Bath in a Bronze event in his new age category. A swell time was had by all and he was happy with is runner up place. So in typical squash mum fashion, I was planning with him what events to do, to ‘start again’ in a new and very challenging age group.

The rest, as they say, is history. The last club training night took place on 20th March, and none of us actually thought that in July we would still be waiting for the powers that be to announce ‘indoor sports can be resumed’ In fact, in Wales, we won’t get the decision in July. Like a toddler trailing behind the big kids, our esteemed First Minister Mark Drakeford, is taking a more cautious approach towards allowing play to resume for us normal folk. So all fingers and toes are crossed for an August decision.

So what does a squash family do with all these weekends ahead of us and no sport.? We are normally busy with driving the squash dragon to events, league  matches and training and I use this word NORMAL in a historical sense, as I don’t know what the current phrase New Normal means yet.

When every weekend (pre-Covid) was accounted for with sport, what do we do? Do we sit and look at each other in disbelief for 4 months; actually talk to each other? I get to know my teenage son, and try and give him the answers to the questions he has like ‘So do I have to do my GCSE’s?’ ‘No idea Son, pass mum another slice of Banana Bread please!’

Well, I can assure you that with no flat walls anywhere to be found, no spare rooms, no empty garages and no farmyard out buildings, ‘knocking up’ a squash court has not been possible.

After getting over the temporary loss of our sport and a realisation we are going to have to find something else to do without travelling, we have done very nicely thank you.

This enforced confinement and deprivation of squash has, in a weird way, made us evaluate and appreciate our home, especially the garden.

The Squash Dragon has all that teenage energy to use up as well as having a serious amount of School work to keep him busy. New talents and skills have been discovered. I am listing the following but in no particular order of importance or significance:

Time for other things
  • He can make sweet short crust pastry and Jam tarts. (this would be my no 1 skill choice)
  • He can now use the washing machine.
  • He is now in the habit of clearing up after dinner! ( Yup!)
  • He has taught himself to Juggle.
  • He has a huge catalogue of recorded ping pong ball trick shots- many balls have been lost in the making of these short movies.
  • His basketball skills have definitely improved. (this will please the school coach)
  • He has learned to serve his mum and dad cold beverages whilst we relax in the hot tub!
  • He has also learned that we need a bigger tub next year as he won’t sit in with us any more.
  • He has also learned that Mountain biking is not easy and not without dangers, so leading on from that he now knows where his femoral artery is, how good laughing gas is and that it’s no fun without the use of one leg.
  • He can make use of his mum’s tennis Club membership (hitting big green balls is better than hitting no balls? Right? 

New skills and new balls please?

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