i’m not sure how it was managed and how she finally convinced me, but yesterday i put my sweats on and sneakers and went to join everybody else.Â i guess i gave in to peer pressure or maybe i wanted to see how i’d really do, but even with the butterflies in my stomach, i decided to live up to my word and go.
we walked in and i could smell the sweat and the running of feet.Â in one section a ball was being dribbled and in the other everyone was chasing after a small ball with sticks in their hands.Â faces were red and each player was focused.Â a few of us looked at each other and wondered what we were doing with this crowd.Â these are the students who played sports seriously in high school, they love it, and they are really, really good.
our section was empty.Â the net was set up and some started practicing their serves.Â i stood there like a complete idiot until someone told me what to do.Â it was time to play.Â the point of this game is to get the ball over the high net only using your hands and yet for some reason, i struggle so hard even with this simple idea.Â have i ever told you how bad i am at anything that has something to do with a ball?Â i’m simply terrible.Â
usually i can laugh things off — laugh at myself and make it all better.Â not yesterday.Â instead i walked out mortified, with my pride wounded,Â and feeling like a complete fool.Â i knew i wasn’t good before i went, but i didn’t know i was that bad.Â lets just say that there was only one time when the ball came towards me and i actually got it over the net.Â and then there was that time that the ball hit me square in the face because for some reason i cannot ever figure out how close the ball is going to be towards me.
we walked back to school and she thanked me for coming and wanted to know if i was coming back.Â at first i just laughed, but after a few minutes said maybe.Â i could give it another shot, try a little harder, and see if improving is a possibility, right?
and hey, i got several sport points forÂ my afternoon yesterdayÂ — that counts for something.