Today my middle son will be granted his second degree black belt in Karate, and he has earned it. He's been studying Karate for more than ten years, and, in his system, second black is the highest student rank. The next rank is that of teacher. I am so happy for him! He has learned so much, and has become such a wonderful young man. This is a big accomplishment, and one he has worked very hard to attain.
Can you say proud mom?
It hardly seems possible that he's almost 17 years old. I can still see that wiggly, talkative, full-of-ideas 6 year old (and I know Sensei can, too!) and, although the evidence of that little boy is not always visible in the square-jawed, muscular young man he has become, he still has the capacity for pure joy and unadulterated fun. Today we will celebrate ten years of karate lessons, and we will recognize that all of us have learned more than kata and kumite.