Friends & Petanque
Northwestern College in St. Paul Minnesota was a challenging place for Martha to teach in, but a wonderful source of friends over the years. Today three of them gathered at our home with the fourth one being the spouse of one of our Salem youth, child of our good friends and now member of this church. Under the shade of umbrellas, we told stories and laughed and enjoyed an afternoon with no time-clock (except for TK, who had to go back to work). It was really getting hot here, so we debated playing an outdoor game, but Martha prevailed and the three remaining friends and Martha began a spirited game of petanque in the dust.
Petanque is the game we learned to play in France. It is played all the time, usually among men gathered in parks. But we increasingly see it played co-ed and among young people. It sparks laughter and boasting, challeng, attack, and humility. The field must be uneven and varying. It was a good day.