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A Moment

September 11, 2012

–  an appropriate time for doing something; an opportunity.

Yesterday I had one.  We were in the Paralympic gym for national training and around forty physically and mentally challenged adults and youths entered the gym.  They went about in their excited ways beginning to play volleyball, basketball, bocce, etc…  We began our workout in ernest, kicking, jumping, and running as you do in Taekwondo.  

One by one I noticed them gathering at the end of our mat.  Some watched.  Others began to slowly imitate our movements.  We continued training.  Soon I noticed our crowd growing.  As the crowd grew, so did participation as well as the joy and smiles.

There we were training with two sides of the mat surrounded by forty onlookers who were participating with all their hearts, smiling, laughing, and mimicking every complicated movement we made.

Soon we were near an hour into our training and things were getting more difficult but our crowd continued, mesmerized by the patterns of our movements trying each one and all the while smiling.

We smiled too and as we came to a pause…

We turned and came to attention.

Which they mirrored perfectly.

And we bowed with

Great respect.

They bowed

with joy.

Then they left and padlocked my team and myself in the gymnasium for an hour before we were rescued by the janitor.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2012 8:49 pm

    So was the coming padlock why they kept smiling? 🙂

  2. Jeff Holland permalink
    September 11, 2012 8:59 pm

    Laughing! You went form having casual observers to being a “captive” audience.

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