Bowling with Alphas
Iris here, reporting back from a weekend activity with a dual alpha couple, my brother (ILE) and sister-in-law (SEI.) The SEI asked their two children if they would like deflectors to prevent gutter balls. The children, both NFs ages 15 and 11, agreed to the deflectors. Grandmother, an ILE and notoriously childish bad sport (although very mature in other essential areas) also requested deflectors. The dual couple opted not to use deflectors. The SEI was the top scorer, serenely bowling strikes and spares every time. My ILE brother, beset by a host of real and imagined difficulties, bowled a humiliating 70. The gutter ball deflector crowd averaged around 95. Everyone was happy because the food was good.
You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek.
But first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril.
You shall see things, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... cow... on the roof of a cotton house. And, oh, so many startlements.
I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the ob-stacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward.
Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation.