|Posted by rhythmicsonline on August 12, 2010 at 3:46 PM|
I'll admit it.
When I found out that Nate was a boy, I was a little worried.. My older two are girls. I'm a dance teacher by trade. I don't really like dirt, cars, trains, or war games all that much. The idea of having a little boy was waaaaaaaaaaay outside my comfort zone, to say the least. (Now Jerry on the other hand, was thrilled- heck, even the dog was a girl. He was ready for someone else who wants to sit in the recliner with a pizza & belch loudly while watching college football).
Girls were my universe, to say the least. I was a master of all things sponge roller, nail polish, big bowed & smocked. Boy clothes weren't NEARLY as cute, and all the good stuff was gone long before a sale. Plus, how was Jerry going to react to our son's dance education (because he WOULD dance, doggone it!)?
Well, as it turns out, Nate has been, by far the easiest going of my 3 children. Every day is a party, he's excited about everything, he has true wonder. (And thankfully, he's really into dance, but it's breakdancing- my husband breathed an audible sigh of relief).
I worried that I wouldn't be able to identify with any of Nate's loves/obsessions- over time it's been trains (or more specifically Thomas the Tank Engine), cars, T.V., movies on the big screen, & of course, karate.
Nate's love affair with karate began when he was 4. Everything was about karate. On Monday: "Is today karate day?" On Tuesday: "Is today karate day?" On Wednesday:"Is today karate day??" On Thursday: "TODAY is karate!!"
Unlike so many children his age (Including my girls at that age) he is incredibly focused on karate & karate only. When we opened RPA at our current location, we decided that doing only dance was for the birds. We wanted to be able to offer accessible programming that would interest a wide variety of people. One of our additions was a karate program. When I interviewed Mr. Bob, I knew he was the ONE. And I have to admit, I had a really personal motivation behind hiring an awesome karate instructor- Nate, karate kid extraordinaire. And true to that first impression, Bob has built a program that is terrific! He is so incredibly nurturing to Nate (now 7). Every time the belt test comes around, the shine in Nate's eyes is incredible. He is so proud, so motivated & so inspired. I love that he is so in love with karate, and that he has such an incredible instructor.
I recently asked Nate, "Do you want to try baseball this spring?" To which he replied, "Nah, that looks boring, it's just hitting a ball with a stick!"
So I tried a new tactic, "Nate, would you like soccer? Timothy (his buddy) plays soccer"
Me: "Well, what sport would you like to try?"
Nate: "Just karate, Mom. I want double karate!"
It must be a boy thing