Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We tested last week and tonight was the evening event, Belt Rank Graduation. If we failed we would be notified prior to our arrival. We knew we had passed our testing, no phone call. My daughter Monica and I were the only ones in the family who could attend. The evening is always a wonderful event for getting people together and having something to eat afterward. We always try to bring something besides sugary snacks and such. This time I brought my world famous Smoked Fish Dip. Seems a little strange in the middle of donuts, cupcakes, chips and cakes, not to mention all the sugary drinks. Anyway, by the end of the evening people were scraping the plate to get the last bits off of the lettuce garnish. If you would like the recipe email me www.captmary2@yahoo.com

Back to graduation, I received my Red Belt Decided and Monica and Jason received their Red Belt Recommended. We have worked really hard to get to this point, so close to getting our Black Belts, the rest is going to be even harder though. With my bum knees and arthritis I keep plugging, I thought it was a personal achievement to ignore all my pain and continue toward my goal. Well, it did not go unnoticed. Tonight special awards were given out. Some of the children received personal achievement awards, they worked extra hard and were noticed. Another award that was given out was for Black Belt Attitude. Our Instructor Jesse announces that these awards are generally never given to adults, but in this case for the loudest Ki hap in the school and for practicing even with bum knees the award is given to Captain Mary. I was nearly in tears.


The Black Belt Ceremony for those who made their goals was a beautiful experience, some of the kids so proud they were giving their speeches with tears in their eyes. I really can't take this, so I end up crying and one of the kids, Stephanie added my name to her speech thanking me, well that was it, tears rolled down my face, Courtney had me in tears too, her speech was heart felt and then she tells us she will be leaving the school. I have fallen in love with this group of people who I now call my family.


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  1. 2 comments: Responses to “ TAEKWONDO BELT GRADUATION ”

  2. By Anonymous on June 24, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Please know that I love you. What you wrote on the blog of hatred was beautiful. Thank you for standing up for me Mar. You made me smile.

  3. By Merle on June 25, 2008 at 7:18 AM

    Hi Captain Mary ~~ Congratulations
    to you and your family on your success. Well done, in spite of arthritis etc. Thank you for your comments and kind words. I am sorry you lost your Mom to cancer and life is so precious. Glad you liked the jokes. BTW I chose giraffe too, as they stressed how very tall the tree
    was. Oh well. Take care, Love, Merle.