8 Years

 

This month marks the eighth year since I started writing about Haruka’s story.  So far, its been great, and I look forward to many more years writing about the events in Haruka’s childhood.

Around this time last year, Haruka attended her first ski trip at Camp Luck.  We were planning to send her again this year, but her friend from kindergarten whom she planned to go to camp with again, decided not to go.  Haru didn’t want to go alone, so she decided not to either.   Luckily she was able to go skiing a couple of weeks ago with her second cousins, otherwise she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to ski this year.

Haru has decided that she longer wants to do swimming classes.  This is probably due to the fact that her friend and rival, Yuka S. was promoted to higher level class ahead of her.  Haru wasn’t very happy about been left behind, so she decided that she she didn’t want to swim anymore.  I really didn’t like the “I can’t so I quit” attitude and I offered to help her pass her next swim test so that she could moved up to the same class that Yuka is in, but she refused.  She said that even if she passed the swim test, she still wanted to quit.

Swimming was never too high on Haru’s interest list.  She only took the class because my wife felt that it was important for her to learn to swim.  But I guess over the months, Haru has become somewhat “proud”, and didn’t like the fact that she wasn’t progressing as  quickly as the others.  After having thought about it for several weeks, she finally decided that she would continue swimming until she is able to swim freestyle.

In contrast, Haru has been skyrocketing passed her classmates in both gymnastics and tumbling and her interest level has climbed quite a lot.  Naturally, when a child is good at something, and kicking the other kids’ butts doing it, she is going to enjoy doing it more.  She has even asked if she could take gymnastics twice a week (on top of her usual once a week Saturday morning class).  However I told her that her schedule is already overloaded with extra curricular activities, so she should really either consider  giving up one of her other classes, or really think about this carefully.

Three of the top cheerleaders in Haru’s tumbling class quit last week in order to pursue other activities.  This now effectively puts Haru in the top 3 (in my opinion, she is probably in the top 2) which is amazing progress.  This means that her tumbling coach will probably progress her onto much harder skills ahead of the rest of the class.


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