There's so much you don't know when it comes to your kids. When you find out there's one on the way, you're so excited, but I don't ever remember thinking about what at little bundle of joy was going to do when they turned ten-years old, or sixteen, or thirty. I probably did think about it, but not too much because I can't remember doing it.
Our youngest is different from his siblings. That's not unusual. It would be strange if he was exactly like one or all of them. He's a kind soul with a big heart. He loves animals and Legos. I didn't see him enjoying karate lessons. But that's exactly what he does.
He's only been going for a few months. Last weekend he had a belt test. My wife and I joined the other proud parents in the dojo on the side of the mats. I took a bunch of pictures, but I told my son I wouldn't post them--he's a little sensitive about having his picture splashed about.
As he went through his test, I watched him. He really enjoys it. It's tough sometimes as a parent to know what your kids will like, or what they'll reject. So far, this has been a positive experience for him. I don't know how long he'll enjoy the lessons, but for now, he's having a blast.
Back when I started this blog, or daughter was involved in gymnastics. After a few years she made the decision to stop--it was probably for the best considering who she was and the things she wanted to do. The training she gained in gymnastics has helped her ever since. I hope my son can say the same thing in a few years.