As a young woman, I steered away from any young man interested in medicine (and by steer away, I mean–a sharp & immediate U-Turn!)
But my son.
And so, I bow again to the legacy of his great-great-great grandfather (Community Health Officer), great-great grandparents (Doctor & Nurse), great grandfather (Surgeon), grandparents (Surgeon & Nurse), aunt (Doula), and second & first cousins (Nurses & Researchers & MD & Body workers), as I bow to him, with pride.
Each Wednesday I drag my 14 year old to a yoga class with me. It’s a compromise that was foisted onto him– the details of which I’ll leave to your imagination.
Unfortunately, he’s inherited astonishingly tight muscles from both his parents which makes the experience even more unpleasant for him.
Then there’s his sense of balance, which he can blame entirely on his father. It takes all of my breath to remain centered while he dramatically crashes into walls beside me.
“It’s so great that you come together,” others say, ignoring his scowls.
Despite this great show of resistance, I find him settling into the practice–grabbing all his props, unfolding his mat, getting comfortable with a cushion.
Last week, he did an upside down tree– on his first try– and he was proud of it almost as much as he would be for a play on second or a rebound and a basket.
The most telling moment of his growing relationship with yoga, however, is when he whispered to me that he was thirsty.
“There’s a pitcher of water at the front of the class,” I told him. “Go get some.”
“Not now,” he answered, “I don’t want to miss relaxation.”