30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 2

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30 Day Writing Challenge goals

Day 2: Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.

This one is tough because I remember a lot of things but one that’s a bit more recent still stands out in my mind.

For New Year’s Eve (I think–it was around that time) a few years ago, my husband and I were driving around. We had recently moved to the San Fernando Valley (a bit north of Los Angeles) and were just exploring the area. While driving around some of the streets we happened across a Ping Pong club. My husband looooooooooves to play the game, and we had nothing else going on, so in we went.

The tables were set up for game play (as opposed to a practice half-table setup where the ball comes back to you) so I quickly realized that I was not going to be a bystander. So we paid for the both of us to play, which was too bad for my husband because I haven’t really played since I was a kid.

The owner watched us for a while and then walked over to us, beginning to coach me. He was an older gentleman with a Russian accent so it automatically felt like I was in some kind of spy movie.

“Now you get into skiing position,” he said, demonstrating. (I was actually thankful that he demonstrated because I haven’t been skiing in my life, though I’ve seen others do it.) He gave me other tips about how to move and what to do, not flailing your arm around as much, etc. My husband was a trooper but I felt bad that he couldn’t play a proper game. I personally don’t care how good I am at ping-pong since it’s not a hobby of mine. So what the owner said next made me laugh inside a bit, especially when spoken in his slightly broken Russian tongue:

“You come back for lessons. You have eyes of champion.”

I have often wondered since then if he’s just an old flirt (let’s face it, I do attract the old dudes for reasons unknown and my husband is actually good at ping-pong but got no recognition) or if he did see a bit of fight and “champion” in me. Definitely not about ping-pong but about something, perhaps. Anyway, it makes for a good story so I haven’t forgotten it.

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