The test lasted more than four hours! Yikes. At one point (right after the "chain of pain" sparring, about three hours in) I was literally shaking and had to sit down, have a drink and eat something quickly to get my blood sugar back up.
The good news, though? Lots of it, as it turned out.
I did not panic. I remembered pretty much everything I needed to remember. I made a decent showing for a 40+ year-old soccer mom...just about the best I can do physically. I walked out of there with a lovely new black belt that I earned fair and square (although I will have to wait until I earn my first-degree black belt at my next test to get my name embroidered on it; this belt is plain black.) And most importantly of all, I did not get hurt!! That was my biggest fear, in general and specifically because my right knee is dicey at the best of times. I wear a steel-hinged brace on it while doing taekwondo.
My husband and kids did not come to the test because there was other stuff going on today, but when I got home, a bouquet of flowers, a card and a bottle of champagne were waiting in the kitchen! Oh, and they took me out to dinner to celebrate, too.
I am so glad that is over, I cannot even BEGIN to tell you!! Huge relief. And now I can officially teach, too...all of my employment paperwork has been done for a couple of weeks, but you can't run a class on your own unless you are a black belt.
On to my Easter Bunny duties now, and then the couch will be calling my name!!