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Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Friday, March 13, 2009

One of the "downer" parts of this winter, at least for the kids, has been that they have made very few friends here. Really, they have not made any "friends"--only kids that they hang out with at church. However, despite this, I am very proud of the way Jude has bloomed in his karate class. Every time the teachers or other students talk about him, they exclaim about how well he does, or how polite he is--it warms my cockles.

They must really have meant it, because yesterday they threw him a "going-away" party. Can you say "Wow?"

Class opens. Jude's position on the far right indicates his seniority in the class. (The student in front of him is his senior, and helps teach the class.)

Jude and César lead body tuning together.

Karate pose. (Reikan fist.)

Jude does a kicking drill with Sensai Cloud Davis.

Jude helps another girl do the same drill, while Sensai Cloud coaches her.

Mmm... Kung Fu Panda cupcake cake!

Two cupcakes and an oatmeal cookie later--can we say "sugar rush?"

Looking fierce. (I could hardly stop laughing after to take the next photo!)
The woman on the left is Jude's other teacher, Joshu Cynthia. ("Miss Cynthia" to the kids.)

Karate people can smile, too!

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6 comments

  1. Awww. That is SO great of them and for Jude!

    Now I'm off to clean up the barf Dumdum made while I was out taking a friend in for surgery.

    YAY!

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  2. I wish we had gotten to spend more time with you and your family while you were here.

    An Arkies Musings

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  3. B-EG - Mmm... Barf-cleaning. That sounds fun. NOT! :-þ

    Richie - Yah. Whatever happened to that games night we were going to do again? Where has the time gone? Oh, well. We'll be back to visit.

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  4. That is so awesome that they'd do that! I love the pic of Jude downing that cookie - pupils fully dialate as the sugar courses thru his body ready for NINJA TIME! lol

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  5. I just wish that we could find him a good Karate class up here. He seems to be a natural at it and he has done soo well.

    Who knows something might pop up or he can just do some other activity. We'll see.

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