My kids had an exciting weekend. My son tested for the next level in his red belt for tae kwon do on Friday night. He has tested plenty of times before, but this one was a little nerve wracking. His teacher told him that if he didn’t break his boards, he would not pass. My son has his daddy’s long legs, so sparring is pretty easy for him. He has a memory to beat all, so performing his form and reciting verses is something he can do on demand without much effort. That said, board breaking is his least favorite part of his class. His strength in the other areas has allowed him to skate a little on board breaking. His teachers wanted to push him and not let him get away with being lazy. He was pretty anxious about this task and we prayed about it all week.
My husband took him to the testing while I hosted a Bible study and kept checking Facebook and texts for updates. As much as we expected it, we know that bad days happen, so the reports that he flew through his sparring and then his form both came with welcome relief. After too long a wait, we finally got word that he broke all of his boards! Praise be!
Our daughter was preparing for a test of her own on Sunday. She participated in a recital and had more dances than ever before, including a solo. Let me tell you that this girl worked! For months, she attended classes and practiced diligently at home, building strength, programming the choreography into her muscle memory and worked on elevating a series of moves to an expressive dance. She was wonderful! My sorrow is that we were sitting so far from the stage, that I didn’t get any photos or videos. Great sorrow.
Mirroring that loss, I didn’t get any footage of my boy at all. Here are just a few pictures of them sort of around the times of their achievements. Best I can do.