Today has been a bitter-sweet day . . . Brennen attended his last class at Gymboree Play & Music.
One part of me is sad to see that chapter in his life come to a close, but another part of me is happy for the opportunities that await him in gymnastics.
Brennen started going to Gymboree just before he turned 2. It was our attempt to coax him out of his shell and help him become more comfortable in unfamiliar situations.
The first class we attended was a little challenging. Brennen would not let me put him down. He clung to me for dear life for the entire 45 minutes! I have to admit that his reaction wasn’t much of a surprise, Andrew & I had already started to avoid taking Brennen to unfamiliar places because it was just too difficult. He would become visibly distraught, clinging to us, hiding his face in our shoulder and even crying at times. However, I was determined to continue with the classes to see if they would help him conquer his timidness.
As time went on Brennen became more and more comfortable. He eventually no longer needed me to hold him and he truly started to enjoy class! In fact, he would get so excited when we pulled into the Gymboree parking lot that he would say, “Play, Momma, play?!?!” After walking in the door he would say “Hi, teacher!” and greet all of his friends and their parents.
His new-found confidence in himself and comfort level in new situations transferred to all areas of his life, enabling us to take him anywhere with ease! In fact, people often comment on how friendly he is and I can’t help but beam with pride at how far he has come!
Now that Brennen is 3, the classes Gymboree offers for his age group are very limited. Because of that and Brennen’s natural inclination for gymnastics (he does a stellar somersault and has incredible strength for someone his size) we have decided to give gymnastics a try.
So as I start to get misty eyed, THANK YOU Gymboree teachers, parents & kids. The impact you have had on Brennen’s life and ours is unmeasurable and we will treasure the memories forever!