Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Compliment . . .
This morning, while my kids were eating breakfast, I stood up and proceeded to do Star Blocks, Karate moves for my son to show him that it is okay to practice outside of the Karate studio. He looked at me with amazement and a slight smile and said, "wow, Mama, you have big muscles." I blushed and grinned and thanked him profusely.
While I haven't been doing my arm challenges as I'd hoped, I love the fact that he (a six-year-old) can see the progress, however slight. I was so thrilled. Ecstatic! Now that I am 3--*ahem* . . . *gulp* . . . 6, you have to take those compliments whenever you can get them. And when they come from a child who has no motive other than to say what he feels and observes, then that is all the more phenomenal.
I've also been thinking about taking Karate. I've always had a fascination with it. My father, who didn't raise me, invested his time and lots of money into studying martial arts. He was a black belt by the time my Mother kicked him out for not taking care of us. Those written words ooze with bitterness. Why? Because all the things he didn't provide for me, I am now doing for my children: bike riding, soccer, karate, etc. I missed out. I feel like I could have been a very athletic and fit child . . . then adult, if he had been around. I harbor a ton of animosity. So I am starting to feel like I want to do those things now before it is too late.
I want to learn to ride a bike. I want to join a soccer team (for Moms, even). I want to take Karate and have that discipline. I presently live vicariously through the kids, but I am hoping that slowly, but surely, I can do them too.
What is something that you've always wanted to do, may never have been given the chance or quit early, but may plan to do? (sporty or non-sporty; let me read it). Have you taken on a new challenge that you never thought you would do?