Notice I used the 'thumbs up' posting icon? I am attempting to make all things surrounding this tournament positive. With everything else that has been going on involving difficult child, I have to admit, this tournament snuck up on us. We paid for the admission fee weeks and weeks ago - before everything really hit the fan. But, difficult child has been working hard on his form and he truly wants to compete, so husband & I decided to let him give it a try. We realize that worst case scenario involves us leaving immediately. been there done that - not at a tournament, but there's a first for everything, right. Last year we went and difficult child had convinced himself that although he had only been in karate for about 6 weeks, he was going to win a trophy. He did not and cried in the bathroom for 10 minutes before he would come out, although he managed to regroup and we went about our day okay. This year, though, he has had a bit of a rough haul of it the past month or so, as you all know from reading my lengthy posts. I was hesitant to even consider attending, but he really wants to give it a try and karate has been a constant positive in an otherwise weary world for him, so we're giving it a go. We have discussed the sheer mathmatical probability of walking away with a trophy (number of kids vs. number of tropies) and in theory, he understands it - hopefully that will translate later. husband & I have promised to buy him a hand punch practice mitt in celebration of his competing. He just got up and came downstairs to take his a.m. medications. He is appropriately excited and ready to go. Wish us luck, cross your fingers, rattle your beads.