Sticks and Sand


During my secondary school years, I was encouraged to try a variety of sports. If you knew me well, that comment alone would have you in stitches. I am not a sporty person. My feet like to be kept firmly on the ground and my arms and hands have a life of their own. Clumsy is probably the best word to describe it. 

Stick 
I tried throwing the javelin. I couldn’t fathom how to get that oversized, spiked twig to travel forwards and was quickly banned after lobbing it sideways. It landed at the feet of my sports teacher. Oops!

I did make it to the field hockey team. Although, I think the little success I did achieve was more about the overzealous wielding of the hooked piece of wood at my opponents rather than technique. I can’t remember ever hitting the ball, just hacking at the earth and scaring off everyone within close proximity. 

Sand 
Summer season meant athletics and the triple jump. I was quite excited to have a go at this but my feet thought otherwise. I didn’t even make it to the sand. I am more adept at making sandcastles, much to the disgust of my sports teacher.

Then there was tennis. A sport I love. I remember taking part in a tournament and low and behold I made it to the final. But things got out of control due to a wardrobe malfunction. In the middle of play, I hit a brilliant lob which caused the zip on my skirt to break. The skirt fell to my ankles. And that was that. My one chance of sporting success ending in raucous laughter and I just couldn’t hit the ball again. Another look of disgust from my sports teacher, but my friend and I had a blast, at my expense.

Are you sporty or do you prefer to watch others do it?

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  1. Hahahaha! Sorry, but the skirt-dropping incident is hilarious. I love playing Basketball, Badminton and enjoy swimming. But when it comes to cricket or football, I prefer watching. I broke my leg while playing football, so I suppose it's just psychological.
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    1. I hope your leg is fully healed. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. The only thing I was ort of good at was cross country running. I was rubbish at the running on roads or uphill parts, but quite excellent at charging through mud.

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    1. :) The mud part sounds fun - without the running :)

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  3. I loved basketball. I tended to fall down a lot...but I kept at it until the knees gave out. Sigh.

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  4. I had a good laugh at your expense this morning! I related most to your tennis skirt incident. My panties wound up around my feet after one amazing serve. I, of course, lost the point in spite of that high speed and just on the line serve. I never had such a super serve again, and I bought some new panties with better elastic, so I never lost them again either.

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    1. :) Elastic is a great invention - when it works :)

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  5. Hard to be a tennis star after a start like that. You turned out just fine anyway! :-)

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  6. I'm not sporty at all! And I love to make sandcastles. :)

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    1. Sandcastles are ace! Especially on the beach with a huge moat going on :)

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  7. Oh, my word. How mortifying for you. That saying mothers are famous for making about wearing clean underwear has new meaning now. lol

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    1. :) It could have been mortifying if my best friend wasn't watching from the side-lides. She was rolling around the floor with laughter - so I couldn't not laugh.

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  8. Well, I used to play tennis, but in general, I'm def not sporty or athletic - it's the coordination that I'm missing. I used to get disgusting looks from the gym teacher too, so as soon as I could I signed up for study hall and wrote pretend stories with my best friend. I think we had female gym nazis in our school - at that time a school for girls only. They ignored the non sporty types like me. I did also throw the javelin once on gym day and did not bad. . .

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    1. What is it with gym teachers? Surely they are supposed to encouarge us instead of flashing us with a look of contempt. Oh well, we can write about it now :)

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  9. Oh no! How embarrassing. But too funny. I know it's wrong to laugh at other people's misfortune but of all the things that could happen...

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    1. I always laugh at my own misfortunes. It's far better than crying :)

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  10. We're a sports family. All of us played more than one and two of children went on to play in college. The kids all developed lasting friendships with their teammates. One of my sons is a coach now and is passing on the fun.

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    1. That's great to hear. I hope your son is kinder to the less sporty type than my teacher was :)

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  11. My favorite sport is sitting on the couch doing a crossword puzzle!

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  12. My favorite sport these days is going for a long walk at the pier along the Hudson River!

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  13. I hated sports in school, was never any good at anything until later in life when I took up running. A nice solitary sport.

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    1. I don't do running.... I remember once during a sports lesson we had to do cross country running. Luckily for me it was foggy so I took every short cut available. Unluckily, I got back first which didn't quite look right to my teacher and she sent me off out again.

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  14. I'm not sporty at all. I love hiking though. For sports you need coordination, I have none. :)

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    1. But therefore you are a super writer :)

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  15. I'm not sporty at all. Lucky for me my school was so small we didn't have PE or gym or anything like it. However, I did grow up on the ocean and I love to swim (though never competitively) and since I walked most everywhere I went, I was in good shape. Now I do water aerobics and yoga...

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    1. Oh that's one sport I am able to do with grumbling - water aerobics. It can be quite fun and goes easy on the body.

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  16. Sports??? Hahahaaaa-I love sports if it is shown in a beautiful art piece otherwise I classify sports as dancing. I have no desire and never did and was lousy at it. I love to swim but nice and easy. I like watching figure skating and I do like the Tour De France since I started watching that when I was quite ill many years ago. I leave the sports up to my brother

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  17. May I recommend that you create a category or tag called A-Z Challenge, which would be easier to find all these posts for a new visitor? Maui Jungalow

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