|Annie-inspired "Inspirational" Poster|
In all fairness, the both Aiden and I, besides being adults and having the thinking skills required to hit the ball hard but not too hard and with aim, grew up playing croquet. Alex is horrible at the game, but he has a great time being awful. He keeps saying "This game hates me!" so finally I suggested, with all the love a mother can proffer, that maybe it's because he sucks so bad at it. (This is how it is in our house, we are not flowers and sunshine and unicorns. Just the rainbows, if you please!) Luckily, he just laughed and laughed. This is because we giggle and tease a lot in our house.
Ashley got a little further than Annie but I think this owes to her figuring out that she can sort of shuffle-board/sweep the ball where she wants it to go. This begins with turning the mallet sideways and then sweeping it along. But at least she gets contact with the ball, unlike Annie. Unless she does it like a backwards old woman.