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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Awww, but it should be called gym-nice-stics!

The Gavinator had his first gymnastics class and he did FANTABULOUS!!

Yes, he is my pride and joy so he could have gone out there and taken a big dump in the middle of the trampoline and I would have been beaming because he's my child and that would have been one fantabulous dump he took for all to see but seriously, he did really, really well (sorry I don't have pics but the camera was dead :().

After a year of enduring such labels as "delayed", "abnormal", and "below average", it was complete and total cake to see him work so hard at speech and physical therapy and overcome all of his developmental obstacles but it was complete and total icing to see him excel at something that comes so naturally.

The other kiddos in his class had two weeks on him since I missed the boat and started him a little late but he totally caught on to everything the other kids were doing. He followed directions- even amidst all the loud music and chaos that is a large gymnastics center- and aside from the random streak onto the floor where the bigger kids were practicing their backhandsprings and flips or onto his beloved trampoline when it wasn't his turn (only to be yelled at by a pretty little girl in a purple leotard), he stayed on task and he was really, really good.

He was the only boy in the center and I was surprised to see that. I figured the ladies would reign supreme but I thought surely there would be a couple of boys. I was wrong. Well, there was one other boy in Gavin's class but he didn't particpate because he didn't want to leave his parents. Gavin was all too happy to leave me and the husband. He was very excited to be in the center and before his class started he watched all the other gymnasts and like when he watched nationals on tv, he was all "WOW", "WHOA" and "GYMNASTICS!!!!!!".

When class was over he was all "more gymnastcis!! More gymnastics!!!". I think this is going to be a good fit.

We've come a long way, baby.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is great that he liked it so much. (I found your blog thru FCD by the way. I lurk there). I'm really surprised that no other boys were there. My husband took gymnastics for 6 years (I think, maybe 7 years) and he is very athletic (played football and wrestled at a Division I school). He is really big on gymnastics b/c the skills you learn there are the foundation for almost any other sport. Plus it is fun!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Yeah Gavinator! It's wonderful to read about his progress.

10:25 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Glad he loved it! Hope he's still doing it.

I was an Air Force brat and lived in Myrtle Beach when I was very young. I've been out here in California since my last years of high school, and must say, that even out here, it is difficult to find strong men's programs. I'm coaching at a gym, and our gym has boys, but not enough with any amount of dedication to form a competitive boys team. It's really too bad, because I think gymnastics develops superhuman talent in athletes.

I hope the Gavinator starts a trend, and that he is trained properly on the mens apparatus, to be competitive, and not just generalized, recreational.

7:24 PM  

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