I want to go home.
He was nervous. We made it to the square green carpet tiles next to the floor. But not on it. That would have required taking off shoes and that was not going to happen.
Five more minutes. We had survived the first fifteen minutes of observing tae kwan do class. We made it through the well-meaning instructor with the booming voice who appeared every few minutes and caused my son to clutch me tightly and bury his face in my neck leaving me to try and smile politely while I sent him a message with my eyes. That message? Note to loud talking Tae kwan do teacher WE ARE FINE MOVE ALONG.
I kept saying five more minutes, carefully gauging his freak-out meter. I wanted him to stay. I wanted him to want to stay but I knew overstaying his tolerance would mean we would never be able to go back again.
With the techno music blaring behind us I held his hand as we walked out the door. Twenty minutes under our belt. I could tell he had enough of "exercise class" and I wasn't sure I blamed him. The shouting, the music, the television screen, the flags. The intensity level was red hot.
I don't want to go to exercise class anymore, he tells me in the car. Okay, is my non-chalant answer. I'm not going to fight this. Save the sparring for the pimply faced teenaged boys with the black belts.
At home I put a pillow in front of me. Come on, I taunt him. I know you can do what those kids were doing in exercise class.
He didn't miss a beat. Roundhouse kick! Roundhouse kick! Black! Belt!
I tried to hide my surprise. And delight. Again!
Roundhouse kick! Roundhouse kick! Black! Belt!
We're going back tomorow.