Hey Sleepy Mike!
What a marvelous idea this thread is!
In a way my wife and I got married becuz of ping-pong (table tennis)!
When I met my wife of 23 years I had just come off
a brief but bad marriage, and my last attempts at dating relationships of any kind had not been good
especially the last one. I had just become a Christian, was a semester into Bible college, and the only thing I wanted to study was books!
Or so I thot...
Then I met my wife at a fall orientation session where we current students welcomed the new students to the campus, tried to help them feel at ease & get adjusted.
What immediately stood out about her was how totally opposite she seemed (and was) from my ex-wife or anyone I had ever dated or even been interested in.
She was not the kind of girl I had ever thot I would be interested in. If I was gonna be interested in anybody.
Well, we managed to "somehow" keep bumping into each other and hanging around together in the same groups & at the same activities. She was shy but definitely interested in me. I was in denail but definitely interested in her. We would play ping-pong & foosball & stuff at the same time, sometimes eat lunch "together" at the same table in the cafeteria.
Then I started getting nervous we were getting to close and started just ignoring her, for all of a few days! Figured it was better before we got "too serious." She didn't pursue me but she was still there. Damn did I get jealous when other guys flirted with her & asked her out!
So a mutual friend came to us and told me that I knew we were supposed to be together and if I didn't get my act together I was gonna lose her. (No my wife would never have put anyone up to something like that!).
Well, I asked her to sit with me at lunch again. We started playing ping-pong & stuff again.
There was this fella who since day one had kept asking her out & she'd kept saying no. He knew we kinda liked each other & he was always trying to show me up in ping pong & stuff.
But the dummy would try to show my wife up too. No dice. She was a good player & beat me more often than not.
Well, one game he was trying to outslam her, rather unsuccessfully. But then my wife let loose with a slam that sailed, and hit this guy right between the eyes. My poor wife was trying hard not to laugh. I was trying, but not very hard!
It seems like somehow that broke whatever thin layer of ice there was between us. Within weeks I asked her to marry me, which happened a few months
Here we are, over 23 years later, in spite of the pain in the arse I can be sometimes, happily married with two terrific grown daughters!
Yeah I do have a lot to be thankful for!
Thanks again for this post Mike, a great reminder of what I do have, as well as a great way for us all to get to know each other better.