بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
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“I know you feel running helps clear your head but you just bolt off totally unaware of your surroundings. If you need time to digest it then tell me. Run somewhere safe and private, not in the middle of who knows where, otherwise get a treadmill or something, but I am not going to answer to your mother about how I lost you.”
I remained frozen for a few seconds with her words echoing in my head. I squeezed my eyes shut trying to hold back the tears threatening to leak out as I quavered out, “Then what must I do?!
I don’t want to be an emotional cry baby! I don’t want to be a typical girl writing in her journal and just the image of screaming my frustration out into a pillow looks so silly in my head that I can’t imagine myself actually doing it.
I prefer venting my frustration and emotions by physical exertions like sports but Basheera and Hafsa are too ladylike and refined to be my opponents. I’ll probably end up injuring them. Khalid is hardly ever around at the moment so he’s out of the question.
I heard someone say they de-stress by throwing a ball at a wall so I tried throwing it but 1 ball burst, a 2nd ball burst, and by the third I gave up and now you don’t approve of running. What must I do then!”
She grabbed my hand probably because she didn’t trust me not to run off and pulled me towards her garage saying, “Anger issues is a different story which I don’t need to lecture you on because you already know about it and the solution for it, so work on it.
Needing to clear your mind however is another story, how about we do this my way? My way is safe and it’s effective. The more I play the better I get and I need all the practice I can get anyway to keep up with my husband.
“Here,” She said handing me a table tennis bat and questioned “..first serve?”
“See the thing I like about this is you don’t necessarily need an opponent. So I lift one side up and play myself when I don’t have a partner. You can’t hit the ball too hard or you’ll probably hit it out and will have to keep running to fetch the ball so it teaches you a bit of control. You can’t burst this ball you can only smash it but boiling water fixes it and if it doesn’t we’ll just buy new ones.
There is also something about the ping-pong noise that’s calming. Well, to me at least, let’s see if it works with you. Come on now let’s see how much I can make you run.” Sumayyah finished with a challenging grin.