Been a while since I did a five on Friday so thought I’d go for it again. And it has been a while since I’ve focused on my boy, so this time, five photos and five facts focused on my so.
It was weird to take photos during a worship service, but what mom could resist memorializing her son’s participation as part of the worship team. This was actually his second service participating. It isn’t every week that he plays his cajon, but he really looks forward to it. He’s working towards playing the full drum set in a service, and since his drum teacher is also the worship leader for the service we attend, I think he’ll get there.
TWO:J is a very social guy – loves to be with his peers and loves to attend family orientated activities. He’s got friends from our Bible Study/church group, friends from his current school, friends from his old school, and friends from karate. Some of his friends (as above) are younger, especially at karate. But at school many of his friends are older (he eats lunch with the Juniors). And since he moved up to the adult class at karate, he is putting his ability to relate to adults to good use and has lots of adult friends. Just this week he was the only under 40 invited to a birthday party for a woman turning 75, and she was very specific she wanted him there. Socially he’s in good shape.
Although he doesn’t have a girl friend, or date (or even express an interest in actual dating) he has consistently shown himself to be a gentleman with the girls his age. Here he went back, got his shoes wet, and helped his friend from Bible Study across when she got nervous about balancing over the creek.
I know I recently posted about how he has a friend from kindergarten – well, he’s known the girl in this picture and her sister since he was three, and we did a couple of hikes with her family this summer.
J is playful and competitive. These four kids are the four who went to the Karate National Championship competition together back in July, and they love to play together – and most of their play includes some sort of competition. But we are blessed that J is generally a well-rounded competitor.
He does not like to lose, but he is gracious when it does happen. And he’s learned in the last year or so not to be so discouraged by a loss that he gives up. In fact, we saw it at the National Championship tournament – he did not place in the Kata competition on Friday and was very disappointed in that, but he held it together
J will tell you that he doesn’t want to “hike” but once you get him out there he does pretty well and enjoys himself. What he really likes are extreme sports like ice climbing, snow boarding fast, rock climbing, mountain biking and things that generally give him an adrenalin rush. So when I take him hiking he does things like scale the cliff along the trail (see above).