Athletics and other kids are very power motivators in John’s life.
It was the end of a long first day back to school in January.
Also the first night with his new Boy Scouts shirt.
Tonight: Physical Fitness.
We (the 2 dad leaders, all the boys and myself) walked through the darkening cold to the nearby high school track.
Time for laps.
John joined in the pack, and off they went.
Some of the time, I could track him by the red flashing lights in his shoes.
Sometimes he was close to a running buddy.
Really too dark to tell.
After 3 laps, he comes off the track and heads over to the bleachers
where the other boys are gathering.
He should have done 4 laps, but I didn’t interfere.
Not too many days before, he was sick.
And his 3 laps coincided with the other kids doing 4 laps.
He talked about that experience and victory until he went to bed.
Who would have predicted his great joy in running in the dark cold
with his Scout buddies?
The next night, taekwondo class went out into the cold dark for a jong bong seminar.
Too many kids twirling long poles for inside the studio.
Forty-tive minutes of mid-line crossover, proprioceptive and vestibular movement-based learning.
Therapy that no one would call therapy (or boring).
So we never pass up an opportunity to stretch our kids.
Stretch them past the cold, the dark, the fear, the social isolation.
Bring them into the joyful camaraderie with other kids who are also learning.
Hope this helps in your world, to try new ideas that offer themselves.
Peace be with us,