I‘d get so angry.
My daughter, Kate, was on the Monona Grove High School tennis team, playing doubles with her friend and partner, Ree. During fierce competitions, the two of them would break up laughing and carrying on like little girls.
I was there to help them. I’d pace from one side of the court to the other and shout out words of encouragement: “Focus.” “Watch out for their lob and guard the baseline.” “Toughen up, be strong.”
The two of them paid no attention to me. They continued to giggle between serves. I couldn’t wait to have a serious talk with Kate when she got home.
I’m not exactly sure of the year, sometime around 1989. I was having a tough time with business and personal issues.
Just to keep the record straight: Kate and Ree went undefeated for the entire season.