Hi, this is Mom. Maggie will probably post an adventure later, if she ever gets off the couch.
I wanted to borrow her blog to talk about the Orange Belt that Jamie and I received last night at TaeKwonDo.
Jamie and I started out in August as the newbie White Belts. Orange is the next belt in our system. We’d studied Filipino martial arts for 8 months, got tired of the instructor’s attitude, and looked for a new dojo. We found an American TaiKwonDo Association studio near our house and joined up right away. The difference was palpable. We have been working hard and having fun doing it. The instructors are fantastic. We are on our journey to Black Belt.
I have to admit, it is humbling and sometimes humiliating to be in a class full of coordinated young people, and I am the oldest one there, besides the instructors. Especially when the parents are watching, and there I am, out fumbling around with the kids. My cheeks burn with shame and I feel like everybody is watching me. Maggie would tell you, it’s not easy teaching and old dog new tricks. But I’m trying. I know that, whether I like it or not, I’m a role model being an adult in class, and I have to take things in stride, watch my language, not get (visibly) frustrated, or do anything inappropriate. It can be a lot of pressure, especially when you can’t coordinate the way of the foot with the way of the hand.
It is an honor for me to be doing this activity with my son, Jamie. I think Jamie is a great kid, and for as much time as he wants to spend with me, I’ll spend it with him. I know Jamie is growing up, and soon he’ll ditch me for more “friend” activities. So, I’ll ride this as far as I can. I hope we can make Black Belt together. I was so proud of him last night, my chest hurt.
It was bittersweet at the ceremony. My husband couldn’t be there because he had to work. So, Jamie and I were the only ones in the studio without anybody in the audience for us. I understand he had to work, but it hurt. I know it hurt Jamie, too. A lot of people think I am a single mom because my husband works such long hours.
Seeing as how it was our first belt we earned kind of makes it as important as the last belt we earn, in my eyes. Because I am a student as well, there was no one to take that picture when the instructor tied the belt on Jamie’s waist in front of everybody. I couldn’t very well ask the entire student body to sit down again after it was all over, so I couldn’t replicate the shot. I took a picture of Jamie with each instructor after the testing was over. But it’s not really the same, not having any action shots of us working together or anything. I didn’t say too much about it to my husband. He had been nice enough to take me to the Veteran’s Hospital for a doctor’s appointment earlier in the week. So I’m not making this a pity party or anything.
Now we have a totally different form to study. We are both excited and looking forward to the future. Next up for us is to master this form and receive our Yellow Belt.
Sir, I will practice in the Spirit of TaeKwonDo, with courtesy for fellow students, loyalty for my instructors, and respect for my juniors and seniors, Sir!
Thank you for reading,