Saturday, October 16, 2010

You Little Sportsman

I had some free time this afternoon which — implausibly enough — I spent playing badminton. For the first time in 15 years.

I’m not sure if you saw this coming but I wasn’t great.

My student Annie texted me several weeks ago to invite me to play badminton with her, but we couldn’t find a time because I was pretty busy not wanting to play badminton. But, as the old saying goes, you can’t put off badminton forever, and finally we agreed on a playdate for today. So this afternoon at 2, I put on some mesh shorts, slapped on a work out v-neck, and headed to the gym to hit some shuttulecocks with the kids.

But of course it wasn’t just my student Annie, it was also all of her friends: two other girls and three guys, several of whom play for the school badminton team. After we played one demonstrated his ability to do two-finger pushups. Also they were all Chinese people. So they were pretty good at badminton.

My favorite part of the day was at lunch, before the badminton. Annie saw Andy and me at a local restaurant and sat down with us while we ate our meals. We started talking about what sports teams we were on in high school (ha!) and Annie asked me what sports I liked to play.

“I’m not really good at very many sports,” I said.

Annie immediately replied, “What, are you a fairy?”

Andy and I sat there for a moment.

“I’m sorry,” I said. “Can you repeat your question?”

“What are your favorites?” she asked again.

That is definitely not what we heard the first time, Annie. Different things.

Later at the badminton court another student told me I should “swish my wrist more” if I want to get more power and control of the ball. OK, Jean, whatever you say.

Yeah that’s it. I’m exhausted from all this badminton talk. Here’s a short video about badminton. Badminton Badminton Badminton Badminton Badminton Malkovitch.