My husband has been asking me all summer to try out pickle-ball with him, and yesterday I finally went. It’s like tennis, but on a smaller court, with a lower net, a whiffle ball, and using slightly different rules. It was actually pretty fun. But I miscalculated on the very last shot, and the whiffle ball hit the outermost joint of my thumb instead of my racket. It was surprisingly painful, and the joint immediately began to swell and turn purple. I went right home and iced it off-and-on for two hours; the next day it’s still clearly bruised, but only a little sore and no longer swollen, so it looks like it’s going to be okay. I’m breathing a big sigh of relief.
I do a lot of things that look ridiculous to other people in order to protect my voice (my primary instrument) — and even things that attract dirty looks, like substituting a bow and a smile for a handshake in church when the person next to me is clearly ill and also clearly not practicing basic hygiene. The laughter and the dirty looks bother me, but they don’t stop me. My husband and I have been making major sacrifices for years in order to build my teeny-tiny career, and the daggers shooting from Church Lady’s eyes won’t kill me. 🙂
Although voice is my primary instrument, I’m more known for my harp. I think it’s because it’s so flashy and exotic. Anyway, it’s grown to a point where it brings in more than half of my business income. So my question is this: should I invest in armored gloves for activities like pickle-ball, or would that truly cross into the realm of paranoia? I know there are many of you here who actually support yourselves entirely with harp — do any of you go to extra lengths to protect your hands? And if you do, can you recommend a good pair of protective gloves?