*Thanks to Carl Douglas for that awesome line from one of the catchiest songs in the world.
Ren started Kung Fu back in May, and Claire joined him in early July after her ballet class (held at the same time) finished for the year. Claire got into it immediately but then, this wasn’t her first unparented class. Ren was excited about Kung Fu at home but was really reluctant to join in class.
For several weeks, Paul or I would stand next to him in class and coax him through the motions. Once Claire joined, Paul and I sat with the rest of the parents on the sides and Claire became Ren’s supporter instead. It wasn’t until he saw a child receive a purple belt that he got motivated. Suddenly, he realized what he was working for! (And we realized at the same time that he can be motivated in this way.) Now he’s right in there, and the funny thing is that Claire now sometimes acts shy or clings to me just as class begins. It’s like they’ve switched roles. Thankfully Claire gets into class too after a few tears on such days.
All summer long as we tested the waters with Kung Fu, the kids just wore sweats and t-shirts. But in late August, we finally committed: we bought them uniforms. Or rather, I should say that Paul’s parents bought Ren’s as a special gift for his baptism and we bought Claire’s.
I took my camera to class today but I didn’t get the best photos because I had to stay to the side and couldn’t elbow my way to the best vantage point for both of my children. But at least I got a few shots:
One of the things the kids practice in Kung Fu are the poses of the five animals of Kung Fu. They get pretty animated when they practice. Here’s the tiger pose:
And the leopard pose (Claire only – Ren was running around the park at this point):
The crane pose:
And the snake pose (Claire only):
I think that one is so Claire, with her head thrown back in laughter like that.