Catching Up, TKD

The past 1.5 weeks have been a blast of catch up time with my son prior to his adventures of kindergarten starting in a few short weeks. The Zoo, the Science Center, movies, swimming, and the list goes on.

In between the adventures I have found the time to update my resume and start initiating some contacts in industry looking for the next challenge in my career. Not sure what the future is going to bring, but it has to be good, as change is always good.

My days have been dedicated to Cam Carter time and my evenings have been digging into technology I was already working on, looking through job boards, and catching up on some technology. Not that I wasn’t staying up to date over the past few years, but more so my time was spent strictly on the topic of database technology.

Reading for enjoyment also cropped back into my routine after a trip to the library on Wednesday after hitting the local YMCA. I checked out two books and devoured them in as many days.

Part of yesterday’s adventures led us to catch up with some friends from Dien’s Martial Arts. Master Dien and Miss Lori are two of the most awesome people that dedicate themselves to Martial Arts and most importantly introducing it to kids of all ages.

Not only does mastery of something like Tae Kwon Do teach kids to be able to defend themselves, but it teaches respect, confidence, balance, and coordination. Dien and Miss Lori are very big on the respect portion. Dien has a lifetime of learning in Martial Arts with Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Hapkido, Kung Fu, and etc.

These topics are all beneficial and I have been looking forward to my son getting to train with Dien and Miss Lori. We stopped by yesterday to watch a class and in order that he could meet them. They had met him before, but he was only a few months old. In fact, my wife was still doing Tae Kwon Do through a large portion of her pregnancy.

I assumed this would be a matter of taking him by a few times over coming weeks until he was comfortable enough and wanted to actually start doing it on a regular basis. He was his shy and usual standoffish self, initially, but boy was I in for a surprise.

Once the class was underway and he saw what the students were doing his eyes got real big and a huge smile crossed his face. Especially when some of the students were running, jumping, and kicking. I could see the excitement building.

When the class ended and it was time for the next class to begin I leaned down and asked if he was ready to go or if he wanted to watch the next class, Miss Lori was within earshot, and he very emphatically said “no, I want to go out there and try”. I was amazed at this level of response from him. I asked if he wanted me to go out with him on the mats and he said “no, you can just stay here and watch”. Well okay then, son.

Miss Lori then lead him out on the mats, first teaching him that we always bow out of respect, which he did. Not sure I could have been any more proud of the little man as I sat there and watched him awkwardly go through the exercises, as one would expect of a five year old, and then join in with training along with the class.

It looks like Tae Kwon Do is finally going to make its way back into the family schedule. I am a little excited myself, this is a good thing!

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