We got it! Finally! So if you have been following the drama that happens between myself and my son Zeke, Click here if you wanna catch up. We have had our share of highs and lows trying to find him an extra cirricular activity.
Bottom line, he has hated of every sport he has entered into. We have tried basketball, tball, and swimming. He just panics and then convinces himself that he can't do it. Then I try to convince him he can and we fight, cry(yes, both of us), yell, bribe, speak kindly and anything else I can think of to get us both on the same page. This drama has been going on for two maybe three years.
BUT, finally he likes something! He actually LOVES something! Karate! Who knew?
Here is why.
As you can see, this little lego man is a BAD ass! My six year old wants to be just like Kai!
Now meet, lets just call her, "Tia". Pretend like this cartoon is really a little pretty girl in Zeke's class. I would include her real picture but I didn't ask her mom for permission and with my luck she would be in the witness protection program. So do me a favor and please use your imagination here.
The story goes like this. Tia signed up for Karate and invited a couple of people in their class to join her via an email. When I asked Zeke if he wanted to that or drawing (for which he was already signed up) he said drawing. Then he got Kai. Then I told him Tia was going. The he said karate.
When he arrived. He was, as always, intimidated by the giant gym room and recoiled a little. I, of course, said confidentally "take off your socks and shoes and sit on the black line.". In my head I was thinking, "here we go again". He dutifully sat on the line.
Then... Tia showed up. Picture an adorable little girl walking in throwing her head back as the world turned into slow motion and a fan gently blew the hair off her face just like in the movies. Because I know that is how he saw her! Really she kind of shyly shuffled in tried to hide her joy that Zeke was there and shrank next to him pretending she didn't see him. The two of them were adorable sitting staring straight ahead trying not to smile. A great moment. Sorry folks I didn't get out my camera fast enough.
The Sensai came up and started having them stretch and count in Japanese to twelve. He just did it. He never once looked at me. He never once looked scared. He spoke when he asked a question. He was even animated when he did the poses. He was actually having fun!
When it was over, he was smiling! He said "Mom, now I know how Kai feels when he practices.". So cute!