Sam had a karate test today. At the end of it, there were speeches:
And then he was awarded his new belt.
His new junior black belt.
His teachers are proud, we're proud. A junior blackbelt is quite an achievement, particularly for a 10-year-old. It's been four years in the making, and Samuel's worked very hard for it. Despite a few times that he thought about quitting (and many more times that he didn't want to go to class on a particular day), he stuck with it. Sam approaches karate as he does so many things in life: with determination, focus, and tenacity. You can see the self-satisfaction on his face here:
Howard and I decided that such a momentous occasion deserves parental recognition. So, in addition to the take-out Chinese food that he gets tonight, we got him a lego set that he's wanted for a long time: the Death Star.
He's in a bit of shock over that, too...but again, happy shock. 3803 pieces...it might well take him more than a day or so to get this one done!
Who or what has made you proud lately?