Simone has joined the karate dojo with her brother. It's neat that Cullen and Simone can participate in an activity together. Cullen is an advanced belts and stands in the front of the room, while Simone is in the back with the other white belts. Simone was all smiles as we walked up to the front door, but when class started her nerves began getting the best of her. As Dirk and I watched, we noticed that she was continuously twirling her her and had a glazed look in her eye. Then, the teachers started working through some of the combinations. She received a bit of extra attention from Mr. Curt Hickock and I am not sure if she was shy, intimated or just plain nervous. The waterworks started and Cullen ran to her rescue. Cullen just sat there hugging her in the front of the room. In fact, Simone was crying so hard that she didn't receive her belt until the second day of class! She now proudly sports her white belt and is earning her stripes.