Today’s Meditation: A Marriage Proposal

It’s been a long time coming — I’m not a guy who’s good at commitment. But now, at last, my time has come. I know when I’ve found The One, and so I’m dropping onto one knee.

“Tennis, will you marry me?”

I’ve finally come to realize that you have all the qualities I look for in a life partner:

  • You’re really there for me. I get feedback from you every time I hit a ball, and it’s alway honest and direct. You never bullshit me. You never, ever freeze me out.
  • You’re really good with boundaries. In is in and out is out. And yet you don’t care who I play with!
  • You’re forgiving. Even when I screw up, you don’t quit on me. You welcome me to try again and you never sit in judgment. You are a benevolent witness.
  • You’re fun. Even on your worst day — hell, even on my worst day! — you’re fun. And fun matters a lot, doesn’t it?
  • You’re good for me. You keep me healthy and you keep me happy. You’re probably going to help me live longer, too.
  • You’re gorgeous, and you age well.
  • You’re not high-maintenance. A can of tennis balls isn’t a big price to pay for all the pleasure you give me. Sure, in the cold months, we need to get a room, but it’s a sensible expense.
  • You don’t mind if I obsess about you — and goddamn, do I obsess!

I didn’t bring a ring because rings get in the way. I did bring a sweaty wristband, though. Will you accept it as a token of my forever commitment?

I promise I’ll never cheat on you with pickleball.

What sort of things are you married to? Why did you choose those specific activities?

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