If there one thing that Hubby and I are totally in common about our kids, it would be the fact that we both want them to try as many activities as they could growing up.
Hubby and I were both active kids. Hubby was active in quizbee and spelling competitions during his elementary years. He even attended several national competitions and landed a full high school scholarship because of it. Then in high school, he got interested in sports and was part of his school’s volleyball and table tennis varsity teams. He also learned to play the guitar which was quite common for high school boys back then. In college, it was theater arts for him and acting in gag shows that are very famous in the late 90’s. As for me, I was active in singing, dancing and acting through out elementary up to college, though as I got older, I move to the more behind the scene activities – stage design, pr, make-up artist, costume design, etc. I was also fascinated with military activities during my high school year that I applied for COCC (Cadet Officers Candidate Course) during my 1st year in high school. So my entire 4 years of high school include dismantling riffles and learning survival training.
I think we tried everything that we can back then. If it’s free then it’s worth to try. I paint, did skateboarding and skating (both 4-wheel and inline), tried (though never excel on them) basketball, volleyball, bowling, swimming and billiards. Hubby has his own endless lists of things he tried and know how to do, as well..
We’ve been waiting for the kids to show some interest in any activities and we’ve vowed to let them pursue them. So for months now, Ki has been showing interest in ballet. She got it from watching “Angelina Ballerina” on cable and every night she would show me some new moves that she learned from the show. Of course, I was happy about it but at the same time it drives me nuts seeing her bump everywhere as she tries to tip toe, leap and do a pirouette.
Two weeks ago, for my own piece of mind, I decided teach her a few basic steps. I’m no expert but I did learn the basics back in grade school so I thought I should at least teach her the basic stands and steps. At least it would keep her from trying to fly for a little longer while she learn how to hold some positions.
Just after our lesson, the Hubby started talking to the Little Guy asking him if he would like to learn how to play basketball. The Little Guy who always says yes to his dad just nodded with a smile. So the Hubby turned to the Princess. “What about you Ki? Would you like to play volleyball?” We were both surprise when the Princess immediately replied in a mad tone, “Daddy, what’s volleyball? Can I really ballet on a ball? That’s gonna be hard!” I was laughing so loud looking at the Hubby’s reaction. He’s not sure whether to be mad or laugh for his smartass daughter. She does have a point after all if only volleyball was spelled ballet ball…lol!
I’ve been looking for a ballet school around our area in case Ki continued her interest to learn ballet. I did found one in Ortigas but their current call is already full. We’ll have to wait until a new class open up.