difficult child has had so many ups and downs in the past six months. He missed one karate test night due to a meltdown and was admitted to psychiatric hospital in late April on the very day of another test night, so when he was to test last night, we were all on pins and needles. During the warm up we could see his anxiety level rising with every passing moment. A very kind-hearted brown belt took him aside and gave him a pep talk - then went over the moves and self-defense with him that he'd be tested on. When the test finally began, it was like someone flipped a switch - difficult child went into karate mode - and did GREAT!! Usually, the kids have to wait a week or more to get their results, but because of a busy schedule the black belt panel has in the next few weeks, they scored them last night - and congratulated those receiving the next belt (orange) - and difficult child was among them. We were so excited. Karate is one of the few constant bright spots in difficult child's life and to get a bit of a boost with the new color belt was just what he needed. One of those very happy moments!! Had to share with my cyber family!