As most of you know, I have a 6-year old son. I’m going to take this time to brag excessively about his latest achievement.
He has been taking Taekwondo for about 4 months and was asked to participate in a national tournament. It’s for his age group, 5-7, and his belt class, white/pee-wee, but we figured it would be a good experience. All of the pee-wees, the young kids who start out in Taekwondo, are awarded medals, whether they actually win anything or not. This is more for motivation and encouragement than anything else. He’s still very new at this so I wasn’t expecting too much, and I was trying to convey to him that he just needed to do his best and not expect too much himself. So what does he do? He goes out and wins the whole damn thing. First place. Gold medal. The Grand Master stood four of them up, in a row, draping the gaudy medals around their necks. Then he got to my kid, at the end of the row, put the gold medal around his neck, raised his arm, and said into the microphone, “We have a champion”. I think his smile wrapped itself clear around his head. Pretty proud papa moment there. They gain points for achievements in tournaments and this one pushed him over the line used to determine if he’s ready for a promotion to a colored belt. He will have testing very soon and shouldn’t have a problem getting his yellow belt. Yellow belts are generally not awarded, at this school, before 6 months and usually longer, so he’s achieved this ahead of schedule. Bragging session over….for now.
I don’t want to be completely selfish here, so how about the other parents of the Cafe take this chance to brag about their kids.