I was sitting off to the side of T.Puzzle’s tae kwon do practice. With the help of a babysitter, and let’s be real here for a moment, a good babysitter is to a frazzled Mom what wine is to a frazzled Mom, I can take each boy to skill appropriate classes. T.Puzzle remains in Tiny Tigers and Full Speed attends high-ranking juniors classes.
I was trying my best to blend into the background. I’m usually exhausted at this point having wrangled all the gear, uniforms, behavior reports, etc. and all I want is quiet oblivion.
The instructor is always trying to get us parents out on the mat. It’s not my cup of tea, it’s more Mad Dog’s style, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. To gain more parent involvement, the instructor brilliantly uses the kids now to request help from their Mom or Dad. No Mom in their right mind would deny their three year old’s request of, “Ma’am? Would you please hold a target for me?” Between his saucer-like eyes and killer dimples, T.Puzzle got me out on the mat in about two seconds flat.
I start helping him with his drills. He’s ducking my moving target, he’s throwing punches and generally doing a fantastic job.
Then he stops. His arms fall to his sides and he becomes motionless. He stares up at me.
I have no idea what he thinks he’s doing.
“Mom, I want to give you a kiss,” he states.
So, he leans forward, tilts his head upward and plants a smooch.
He doesn’t skip a beat. He immediately reverts back to his punches and his fighting stance.
I continue with the drills even though I am changed somehow.
I am reminded of the constant, indestructible nature of love. It is whole and beautiful and if you take a moment to breathe, you will find it right beneath the surface of everything. Even under the surface of tae kwon do drills.
Love is everywhere.