One of my Christmas gifts this year from my beloved Chico was tennis lessons.
That’s right! I haven’t played since senior year in high school, and yet here I am, new tennis racket in hand and hitting the courts…
AT 8 O’CLOCK ON SATURDAY MORNING.
Now I do like a lie-in, and my Chico, being a morning person, very generously lets me laze about on the weekends.
But now I’m having to haul my lazy self out of bed bright and early on these cold winter Saturday mornings to go chase down some tennis balls.
And you know what?
I’m Loving It!
Sure, it’s not easy to get up and out, but once I do, it’s so much fun.
There are three other adults in my class: a young couple and another lady. The other lady has played before and she’s definitely the strongest of the four of us.
It wasn’t long before we all exchanged numbers, realizing (as one does) that playing for one hour a week isn’t enough for us to really improve.
This week we met up for the first time outside of tennis lessons.
Not Feeling It At First…
I was half-tempted to bail. I’d done my workout this morning and wasn’t feeling up to much this evening.
But Chico wasn’t going to let me bail. He was almost more excited than I was about my going to play!
So I kitted up, put on my tennis shoes and headed over to the courts.
Boy I’m Glad I Did
Exercise always makes me feel better! And doing something socially like playing tennis doubles? It’s the best.
Not only did I get my exercise-induced endorphin rush, but I also got my fix of social(ly distanced) interaction!
My doubles partner warned me: “You get addicted to tennis doubles!” and I can really see why that happens.
You have the fun of playing tennis without killing yourself trying to cover the entire court. And you can meet some cool people! Playing at the HOA sports pavilion allows me to meet people who live locally.
Here’s To More Tennis!
My Chico just loves tennis, and our boys are getting into it, too. The Bug takes lessons with the same teacher as me later on Saturday mornings.
I’d love for this to become another activity that we all share, like bike riding. So here’s to more tennis!
Image sourced from the Washington Post