When I was a young good2begone, I believed the notion that boys were better than girls at sports.
That belief was based on nothing but upbringing. I had no sisters at that time and boys will he boys was the norm.
At some point I got into tennis.
Loved watching it, playing it.
Wimbledon was my favorite.
Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Chris Evert Lloyd, Martina Navritolova..I loved watching all of them.
I had convinced myself that I could beat the professional women….
AT 10 YEARS OLD
Yup…I was gonna somehow do it.
Lucky for me that Chris Evert lloyd was coming to town for a charity match.
I was so excited!
I got tickets and was there wide eyed waiting for the match to begin…
Plotting my way to get on court and challenge her!
They began the match.
She swung her arm back. Threw up the ball and served across court.
It was returned
The rally lasted about 8 hits.
I could hear the thwap every time.
But. . .
I NEVER SAW THE FREAKING TENNIS BALL
Not even a blur of neon green.
Just a sonic boom of repeated
I was deflated…
Not only would I never challenge or beat her….
I would never be able to hit like a girl.