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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pickleball Widow(er)s

Honey, do you have anything to say before pickleball season starts...

Continuing the Sunday series of pickleball relationships, a guest author writes about a fate faced by many spouses of pickleball players.

Confessions of a pickleball player’s wife… who does not play or enjoy pickleball

Note: This post was written by a guest blogger in Michigan

There should be a support group for non-playing spouses of pickleball players. That’s what a friend told me one day; what a brilliant idea. Both of our husbands play pickleball; thank god mine doesn’t play as much as hers. Either way, until our son was born, pickleball was easily the most talked-about topic in our house – and I have little interest in pickleball. He needs a white noise generator to fall asleep, I just ask him to talk to me about his pickleball games.      Out. Like. A. Light

Pickleball is not just a sport in West Michigan, it exists as a culture all on its own. It has it’s own language, behaviors, objects, characteristics and social habits that make it unique among the rest of population. I can honestly (and proudly) say that I am not part of that culture. My husband on the other hand is neck deep.

He started playing pickleball during a time when he was transitioning between jobs and had a lot of “free” time. As his consulting business grew, I would have thought his pickleball time would dwindle. That was not the case. As you all know, once you take the blue pill – in this case, you start playing pickleball – you’re not sure exactly “how far the rabbit hole goes.” Now he is an ambassador, teaches free clinics, and plays in a couple of tournaments. He also has a few business clients that are connected to pickleball.

Everything is pickleball. We have pickleball magnets, pickleball stickers on the car, paddles and balls all over the garage, tons of t-shirts from different tournaments, and the list goes on and on.

Don’t get me wrong, I love how enthusiastic he gets when he talks about pickleball; the killer dinks, amazing drop shots, and great time he had that day on the courts. But why does everything have to be about pickleball? Does life not exist outside of pickleball?

There are positives about his love of pickleball. He has made some amazing friends and they have been incredibly supportive as our family grows. I am glad that he stays active and has a nice social group to engage with periodically.

If there are other non-playing spouses out there looking to share stories on how pickleball runs their home life, maybe we can start our own support group; maybe we can get t-shirts, stickers and magnets of our own.

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