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Sometimes I Forget About My Power

I broke my first board today at tae kwon do.

On the first strike, too. I raised my right hand once … twice … then slammed it down on the board.

This will sound like bragging, but it’s not … it’s my truth: I knew I would do it.

It was only everyone else who looked surprised.

Three black belts were suddenly looking at me with expressions of amazement and delight.

My son was eyeing me warily.

“No more whining about homework,” I said. And smiled.

Maybe people mistakenly fail to accord power to middle-aged women.

Maybe I have more tightly focused rage than I realized.

Whatever the case … it felt awesome, in every sense of the word.

I checked my right hand a few minutes later, and there wasn’t even a mark on it. It looked exactly like the just-minding-my-own-business left hand.

You don't have to break a board to prove your power, girlfriends.

It's already in you.

Just let it out.

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davidlubar
Jan. 31st, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
Congratulations. It only hurts when the board doesn't break. :-)
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
I'll keep that in mind.

:-0
lorrainemt
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
Go Lisa, go!
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
RAWR!
idaho_laurie
Jan. 31st, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
Holy dookie. That is so cool!
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Then I came home and took some calcium.

:-)
lisa_schroeder
Jan. 31st, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
awesome!

I wish I had the power to go back to sleep, Lisa says at 3:30 a.m.
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, dang.

You have a lot on your mind.

"Mind, quiet down now! Lisa needs some sleep!"
jbknowles
Jan. 31st, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
Nice!!!!!

You are so cool.

:-)
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I did feel cool for a moment.

I basked, even.
aprilhenry
Jan. 31st, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
You go! I am loving my boxing routine. It makes me feel strong and fierce.

When usually I feel wimpy and wishy-washy.
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Dude, your power is righteous.

Never wimpy.
juliakarr
Jan. 31st, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
How cool! Yay! to the power of middle-aged women! (and, the middle-ages are loooooonnnnngggg - right? :D )
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Long and strong!

RAWR!!
ophelialaughs
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on breaking the board!
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
rowanda380
Jan. 31st, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
random commenter
wow, congrats, that is pretty bad ass.
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Re: random commenter
Thank you, Random C!
de_scribes
Jan. 31st, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
LOVE that you broke on through to the other side.
That is sweet!
lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Sweet and savory!
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lkmadigan
Jan. 31st, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
I am woman. Hear me RAWR.


susanwrites
Jan. 31st, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Way, way, cool!
jennifer_d_g
Jan. 31st, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Aw, poor little board. It didn't have a chance against you and your Truth.

Seriously, you're awesome!
sookie06
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
To use a slightly worn phrase: Way to go, girl!
sheela_chari
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Wow!! I'm speechless!

My daughter incidentally wants a video of the whole thing. I told her she just had to imagine it. :)
lkmadigan
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Cutie!

I kind of wish I had a video of it, too.
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