I mentioned a few days ago that Petunia was testing for her green belt in taekwondo, which she did, successfully and with fierceness. For someone so young and cute, she is quite the little ninja; determined, focused and diligent in her training.
Besides the fact that this promotion makes our after-school schedule simpler, earning a green belt is a big deal in our system. This is the level at which you are considered advanced enough to require sparring gear, and it also brings with it the right to wear the coveted black uniform pants of the higher-ranked (all ranks below green belt wear the white pants of the beginner.)
All of this goes some way toward explaining why I spent the better part of my Friday evening hemming black gi pants. There was no way I was buying her a teeny new pair of black pants that would be quickly outgrown: what made far more sense given that all three of my children study taekwondo and grow like weeds was buying a new pair of black pants for my biggest sprout and passing each of the two current pairs down one child. And this (to finally bring me to the point here!) is how my eldest ended up standing on one of my kitchen chairs just now while I pinned a hem into his new pants.
From his position six or eight inches over my head, he joked that I needed to get used to the height difference since he'd probably be that much taller than me when he's done growing! It flashed into my mind that I'll probably be looking up at him in exactly the same way during the mother-son dance at his wedding, and as a shot to the gut, that one was tough to take.