And they walked off and I started back into my own practice with a series of kicks and after only a few she was back next to me, hungry for more. She just couldn't get enough. So I taught her a few more basic kicks. Side kick, roundhouse, inside swing, just the basic idea of each, mostly through gestures. I just kept working with her until she seemed to be full. And then we bowed again to one another and I saw her go off to the knoll that rises from the bike path along the river and I managed to continue my practice while she was distracted by the flowers.
And then she was back again! Only this time with a gift, a wreath of flowers. I put it on and she corrected that it should go the other way. So she taught me to wear the crown she had made for me.
The last time this happened to me with Tae Kwon Do was in a park in Cincinnati with two African American women who wanted to do sit-ups with me. Something shared in these people, those two women, this young Japanese girl, some ability to share themselves so openly, and what a gift it is. Thank you.