When we were finished, E asked, "Do you want to play pool?"
"I can't play pool," I said.
"Yes, you can," he said.
"No, really. I'm horrible."
"When's the last time you tried?"
"I don't know. Like high school," I said.
"You might want to try again." He cocked an eyebrow at me.
"Okay, fine," I said. "But don't make fun of me."
"I won't," he said.
I sank a ball or two. I also missed most balls so ridiculously that a normal person would have laughed at me. But E didn't.
It was fun because E didn't do that thing that guys do. You know, when they tell you how you should hold a pool cue or baseball bat or golf club and say, "No, no, not like that. Like this." And all the fun of trying gets sucked out of the moment.
He just let me play. And I wasn't very good at it. But it was fun.
What have you tried lately that surprised you?