Saturday, 12 January 2013

Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?

In our quest to answer this age-old question, we’ve signed up for calligraphy and fencing. Calligraphy is pretty cool, although I keep having flashbacks to learning cursive in Catholic school. There seems to be less yelling, Jesus, and missed recesses in calligraphy, so I imagine I’ll be fine.

Fencing, however, is awesome! I’ve never found a sport where I felt so immediately at ease. I’ve wanted to try it for a long time, but I finally took the chance and got up at the ass crack of dawn to drive the 45 minutes to class. When my alarm went off, I couldn’t figure out what to do with this loud, shrieking device, so I handed it to my adventure partner and went back to sleep. Luckily, he’s much better at functioning in the mornings, and ensured we made it on time.

As soon as our instructor put the foil in my gloved hand, I felt the spark. Everything made sense, and the lesson flew by. My shoulder is aching and my legs will probably be irritable tomorrow, but it was worth it.

My legs were still a bit sore from my earlier adventure this week—roller-skating. I haven’t been roller-skating since I was a kid, but it’s like riding a bike. After a few shaky laps, I felt like I’d never stopped.

All in all, it’s a great start to the new year and I guarantee we’ll have plenty of new adventures to share.

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