Aaaaand we’re back! Welcome to today’s post in my daily blogging challenge using Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day prompts as a writing prompt. You may or may not have noticed that I missed a couple of days and I will tell you why.
On day 4 my daily writing momentum died in the GRASS. Oh yes it did. The writing prompt on day 4 was grass! Doesn’t that sound about as exciting as watching grass grow? I couldn’t do it.
The next day it was BALL. And today is SURPRISE. I felt fairly confident about ball since it’s an essential part of my toolkit in my line of work. So I took to Google for some inspiration. I typed in ‘the history of balls’ and was slapped in the face with a definition of testicles and a link to the article “Testicles: 12 Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About Balls”.
Now that was a surprise.
I will also be surprised if I can write 700 words on SURPRISE. But BALL I can do! I’m a day late, but who’s policing this daily blogging malarkey that I have (perhaps foolishly) imposed upon myself anyway? Nobody!
So let’s get into it, balls and all.
I never realised the extent to which the word ball is part of the Australian vernacular until faced with the prospect of writing about it. Having lived in close quarters for 20+ years with a person not afraid to throw the odd ball into a conversation, I believe I am in a position of authority. I also don’t mind throwing a few balls around myself on occasion.
Allow me to share what I know about the myriad ways in which you might express yourself using the humble word ball.
Let us begin.
If you are having a ball you are in fact, having a good time. If you are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed there is a good chance that you have way too many balls in the air and one would best be advised to cut back on those balls.
A person who is clever and able to manage a tricky situation might be described as being on the ball. On the other hand, failure to manage a situation well would mean that you’ve ballsed it up. Or dropped the ball.
If you’re too frightened to have a go in the first place you need to grow some balls or risk being described as the kind of person who doesn’t have the balls. This apparently, is not a desirable trait. Being without balls I mean.
You might say you could freeze the balls off a brass monkey if the weather is very cold. And a really really good game of footy? That my friends, would be a ball-tearer.
In my line of work? A ball is a ball. A round object that bounces and features in many forms of game play requiring physical exertion. It is a great tool for promoting hand-eye coordination and gross motor development. As a rolling, bouncing object it has broad appeal from babies right through to adults.
And they are fun!
If I visit a park and I have older children in my care I always take a ball. It just adds that extra dimension to their play. They might soon get bored with the slippery dip but there is so much they can do with a ball. They will play for hours. I took two balls to the park just the other day.
And the kids had a ball.
So there you have it. A synopsis on the ball. One of the most versatile yet unlikely heroes of the English language. Ambiguity at it’s finest.
Let’s all hail the ball.
I leave you with this quote from Betty White of The Golden Girls fame. I do think she has a point.
Do you throw balls around?
Are there any balls I’ve missed?
Did you ever watch The Golden Girls?