11 years, 6 months.
This past Saturday at Taekwondo, all the moms were invited to join in on the action; a special event the day before Mother’s Day.
I admit, I had the impression it would just be a somewhat easygoing event.
But then I saw the picture of Mommy breaking a board for the first (and last?) time in her life. She made it look easy, though.
Fortunately, she had you there to hold the board steady in place for her.
You started Taekwondo at the beginning of this school year- and now here you are, still at it strong, at the end of the school year.
11 years, 5 months.
When you first started taking Taekwondo at the beginning of the school year, I was somewhat skeptical it would be something you would want to continue long-term.
Fortunately, all my doubts about that are gone. You are very committed to your journey towards earning your black belt.
As of this past Friday, you have now earned your Green Belt! This makes the 3rd belt you’ve had to test for.
What is special about earning your green belt is you have now earned your sparring gear and bag. That means you will soon begin sparring in class!
I’m so proud of you!
11 years, 3 months.
We recently got your professional photo back, which was taken at your Taekwondo studio. It couldn’t have turned out any better, as a representation of who you are when you are in class.
It is undeniable that Taekwondo helps balance you out and bring out the best in you. The self-ordained discipline and goal-setting is so crucial to your psychological development right now.
So it made sense to me when you chose on your own, with no prompting from anyone else, to purposely not smile for your photo.
This photo is how you see yourself, as now, a green-striped yellow belt.
Taekwondo isn’t… fun.
No, no. It’s serious!
11 years, 3 months.
This week, our family watched you take your new test and earn your next belt in Taekwondo.
No more plain yellow belt.
You received the 3rd belt in Taekwondo: Yellow with a green stripe.
It seemed quite effortless as you completed your forms, your sparring, and your board breaking; as well as counting to twenty, in Korean.
Though you normally go twice a week for lessons, you insisted on going four times this past week, to be best prepared to pass your test; to advance beyond the 2nd belt.
You’re now on Level 3!
Obviously, we are so proud of you.
But most importantly, you are proud of yourself…
As you should be!
11 years old!
Today you turn eleven years old. This is an exciting time in your life.
Turning 11 in the 5th grade, a week before Thanksgiving, you now made it part of your identity to be a Taekwondo kid! You are so proud of your accomplishments so far, as you’ve recently earned your yellow belt. That is a big part of you turning eleven.
And then this weekend, to our surprise, you decided you wanted to be baptized- so you were!
I don’t see this as a forgettable year for you. I see it as a big, memorable year!
Happy 11th Birthday! I love you, Jack!