From a week ago Friday until Monday, I had spent well over thirty hours fencing in a 10 day period. ( fencing or a fencing related activity...WELL over!)
I did not fence foil. ( I was FLAT fenced out!) I started doing an inventory of our equipment. This is going to be a slooooowwww process. It takes a whole class just to do one cabinet.
I am also now a mentor. ( I do not think I have ever had the label "mentor" before....not officially...though there have obviously been many such times in my life.) My mentee (I had no idea that was a word) is a high school girl named Meredith. She is doing a senior project. She is studying fencing. There was paper work from the school for me to fill out and everything! Her Mom is an aerobics instructor (who has legs like a female super hero) and is fencing with her. Oddly enough, I feel qualified enough to do this. I take it very seriously and I hope I can help this young woman get a good grade.
Last Saturday I also helped teach a CALL class. CALL is a continuing education program put on by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This is a beginning foil class. There is a kids class and an adult class. Dealing with little kids is hard...dealing with ten of them is real hard.
I mention the CALL class, because this is where I started, almost three years ago. I have this whole "Lion King" circle of life thing, playing in my head. There is a guy on the fencing net discussion boards whose signature is a Japanese proverb. " To teach is to learn." I hope that holds true, as I have so much to learn. I am working on it!