This morning was extra sunny due to the time change, and I arrived at the park where we do Sunday weapons practice to see the bright sun sparkling in the still-wet grass.
Candy was there along with Carmen, an old friend and training partner who started Aikido around the same time as I did.
We did the 31 jo kata a few times, and I was so erratic and stumbly that it threw the others off. I had a little conversation with myself about paying attention. It sort of worked. We went into the 31 partner practice that I'd worked on with the San Rafael bunch yesterday, but Dennis Sensei, who teaches up here, likes it done differently, and again I caused breakdowns in the sections that are different, not doing anything recognizable from either perspective. Everyone was overly kind and forgiving.
Carmen, who knows the stuff in his sleep, helped us sort it out and we finally got out of the quagmire I'd led us into. The sun was warm and nobody else was in the park. We spent the last 20 minutes of class moving smoothly through the form.
We even went over an alternate ending that involves different attacker moves for 28 through 31. It is an older ending that Saito Sensei seems to have abandoned sometime in the mid-1980s, and we do it now just for the fun of something different and to keep alive a historical artifact.
Later, after I arrived back home, the kids and I carved pumpkins.