What a little bit of Confidence can do…

Pit~Pat has started taking Karate.  I am so pleased with her decision.  Tater has been involved with Karate for almost two years, and it has done wonders for her confidence.  Tater is shy, but Pit~Pat is extremely shy.  Here’s a corny and blurry picture of their Sensei – he’s a great guy:


Already, I’m seeing a difference with Pit~Pat’s confidence, and it is glorious.  Just glorious.  The other day, the Sensei allowed the class to volunteer trying their "kenpos" on him.  (This is where he throws a punch, and a technique is used to fend him off.)  All of the higher ranked students volunteered (Tater, too!) but the lower ranks had that "deer in headlights" look.  Sensei said, "Last chance.  Anyone else want to try?"  And PIT~PAT VOLUNTEERED!  I almost fell off of my chair.  I think the Sensei was pleasantly surprised, too.  Pit~Pat did great.  My heart was leaping out of its chest.  I’m sure hers was too.  It was awesome.  Then, one by one, the other lower ranked students volunteered.  It was my Pit~Pat who helped them get their courage up.  It. Was. Awesome.   Not five minutes later, Tater was given her testing slip…she will test for blue belt with a stripe on February 29…her 12th birthday!  It was a great karate class for each of my big girls, but even better, I think, for this teary-eyed mamma.

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I have taken the plunge into Hitty carving again.  I finished my first full-sized Hitty, using a Sara Cole basswood blank.  (A big thank you to Sara!)  Pit~Pat adores her and has named her Hitty Martha~Julep.  Hitty M~J does have a face that only a mother could love…but it is a pleasant face, nonetheless:


I was soooo nervous about her eyes.  What if I screwed them up?!  I spent ages painting eyes on a piece of paper (while Dassa spent ages painting sculpey "critters" next to me.)  Seemed like a good idea to me, and then I’d get some decent eyes. 


Then, on hittygirls, I was given the ingenious suggestion to pencil the eyes in first.  Ummm…right…yup…I knew that…lol.  (Thanks, TC!)  Also, lowering the eyes and nose.  Yes, yes…but I am too impatient.  Couldn’t wait to start carving the second blank I have…So Hitty~MJ was finished, flaws and all, and the next Hitty (which Tater has made clear is hers) is almost ready for the first coat of varnish.  I do believe this Hitty will be an improvement.  It is so exciting!


One Response to “What a little bit of Confidence can do…”

  1. What a wonderful story about the confidence bit. My youngest son is extremely shy also and we did the Karate also. That is until he had to spar. Then that was it. Didn’t want to do it any longer. Poor little guy. But he is coming around in his shyness–still has few friends but those he has are the best of buds. I love the new M-J Hitty and I don’t blame PitPat for grabbing on to her. I love her face. I think sometimes we are way too critical of our own work. She is perfect, indeed! xoxo

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