We got N a new tennis racket (new meaning used but new for him) and he's pretty stoked with it. It's an adult sized racket though it's really light, but most importantly, it looks cool. N is a pretty good tennis player and up to this point he's used a kid sized racket. He could use this for several years if he wanted to.
The first order of business was to put a new grip on, which was much easier than I thought it would be, mainly because he did all the work. He was into it and did a great job, first removing the old grip and then attaching the new. We got these cool "grippy" grips from the store, and we ended up replacing the grips on all four of our rackets. I've had my racket since college and never really liked the grip, it's leather and stylish but thick and smooth. This new grip tape is thinner and grips like crazy, I love it.
Anyway, we were ready to break in our newly gripped rackets, so all four of us headed over to the courts for a game. It was fun, and even though A is not that into the game, it's fun playing with her because she's so witty and entertaining. At some point I think N and I will have some good matches, but we're not quite there, yet. One thing is for sure, however, and that is that we have a firm grip on the situation.
Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Tucker Matthews for the pic.