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Dad Milestone

I wasn’t actually *too* devastated by the Yankees’ loss yesterday because of

something wonderful, wonderful, wonderful that happened earlier in the

evening. If you have a low threshold of tolerance for parents gushing about

their kids, you’d better stop reading right here.

Wednesday evenings I take my sone Danny (aged 9) to a local outfit named

“Fitness Through Boxing,” run by a local amateur boxer, Rob Vanacore. it’s

a great place — the boys get an hour of basic calisthenics mixed with

boxing instruction. I’ve written it all up for my “Straggler” column in

this week’s NRODT, as it happens.

Well, the last few months Danny’s just been learning stuff — working the

bags, skipping rope, and so on. Last night, for the first time, he put on a

sparring helmet and went in the ring one on one with an instructor. I

simply can’t tell you how thrilling it was to watch. The instructor is an

ex-US Army boxer and European amateur champion (Jr. Middleweight), who also

boxed professionally for a while. Big guy, fast and skillful. My son is

4′6″ in his socks, and skinny like his Dad. He was game, though, chasing

Tony round the ring, keeping up his guard, throwing all his punches, ducking

and weaving. For a doting Dad, this was something to see. I only regret I

didn’t have a camera.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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