I Played Volleyball and Can Still Walk!

Monday was Labor Day, and I went to our church picnic at Frontierland Park in Pacifica.  It was a very hot day, and that’s saying a lot when you’re talking about Pacifica!  The volleyball net was up, and some were playing.  My daughter and her friend, Moriah, went to play.  Finally, I went as well. 

I had to do a lot of running.  People were hitting the ball out of the court behind me, and since I was last, I had to run to get the ball.  Moriah was kind enough to offer to switch spots – we were playing informally – which I did, but the ball came to me anyway, so more running.  I played equivalent to about three games, and it was a great way to get some exercise instead of doing traditional gym things.

I manage to hit the ball several times; of course I missed the ball several times too, but generally I make up for my mistakes by my service!  The really interesting thing I found is that the young people… you know, the people I used to be… didn’t always know how to play!  I sort of assumed everyone knew how, I guess.  I would tell you all the funny stuff that happened, but it’s going to be one of those “you had to be there” type of things.  There was one time where something funny happened where I couldn’t stop laughing and almost had to take myself out of the game.    See, you had to be there!

Insight:  I learned to play volleyball in sixth grade, but most of the time was spent dodging the ball or hoping that the competitive boys didn’t run into us as they came out of their spot way over to ours to cover for us because we … well… dodged the ball!  In middle school, we had teams, but except for one girl, they were all popular skinny Chinese girls.  Although they weren’t necessarily cliquish, it looked like it, so it was too intimidating.  By the time I got to high school, I just assumed that the teams was for really great players.  It really wasn’t until I started watching Caitlin and her friends play for the school team that it occurred to me that wasn’t true!  You didn’t really have to be in shape either… as evidenced by the fact that I played on Monday!

My challenge to my readers:  Before the end of the month, go try a sport you don’t normally do, but don’t hurt yourself!  Amazingly, some of the things I actually can do are roller blading, ice skating, bowling, and badminton.

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