Musings on children's and YA literature, the academy, and the relationship between them, from an English professor and mother.

Friday, March 21, 2008

teaching and tae kwon do

At first I didn’t mention it at work. I think I felt a little silly about it: a middle-aged woman — an English professor! — taking tae kwon do. But then one day a colleague asked about a small bruise on my arm and, unthinking, I told him I’d blocked a kick with my forearm. It hadn’t been a smart move in tae kwon do, but as I told him about it, I could see the respect in his eyes. I began to think I should bring in my broken boards, leave them in the office, maybe mention how easily my palm had just gone through the wood. It couldn’t hurt.

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(Cross posted at Midlife Mama)

1 comment:

  1. Huzzah! That was fast. I'm thrilled to see this in print. Congratulations! I can now boast that I read it before it hit the page!