How is it possible to support both of my very different children at any one time?
Which parent would support Ronan and which parent would remain home supporting Riley? Taking Riley to another competition is hard on all of us and a distraction to the testers. Last test date I remained in the back where Riley could have a timely dinner and call out without being too loud while John was able to witness from a closer seat. Then there is Sabonim. She is so sweet and asks to have Riley there.
My mother intervened. We have been reluctant to leave Riley for long in her care. He takes so very much energy, constant attention and has become increasingly awkward to handle. Even for the most well-trained we know that he suffers under caregiving other than his own parents. But, this time we relented.
That evening simply watching Ronan test for his Blue Belt alongside my husband was an amazing gift. How precious it is for a couple to watch their child achieve his goal together! Most parents do this as a matter of course. For me, it was a dream come true.
Riley survived the evening. My mother was still smiling when we arrived home. Ronan had both parents support him at the same moment. This Blue Belt was truly a great blessing.