When it came to coming up with a subject for Jo's birthday post, I had an incredibly difficult time. It wasn't as if I couldn't come up with anything to write about Jo, because I can think of several things. But not all of those are exactly 'birthday post' material.
Hey, I'm her sister. I can have unflattering opinions if I want to.
But when I think about Jo, one of the biggest things that pops out at me is competition. Jo is a competitor all the way. She's not like Skinny and Eli, who you'll notice have been one-upping each other on push-ups in the comments section of that post. But Jo does like to win and be the best.
|That includes being a macho laundry-girl.|
One example of Jo's competitive attitude is in her game-playing strategy. We play games with our grandma regularly, and Jo is one of those game-players who brings her winning attitude every time. My favorite example out of all the games Stick has played (and frequently won) is her strategy in a game called The aMAZEing Labyrinth or just Labyrinth.
Labyrinth is a board game where each player is searching for a list of treasures in a constantly changing maze. I would say most of us play this game in a fairly relaxed way. We'd like to win, but we're not going to do everything possible to foil our opponents, especially if it's going to make things difficult for us, too. But that's not how Jo does things. She goes to extra trouble to make it very hard for her opponents to find their treasure. Most of the time this makes it extremely challenging for her to win, but I really don't think she cares.
And to be honest, she has won this way, so it has it's merits. Still, it can be very annoying to play her at this game. She's a cutthroat opponent.
Another recent example of Jo's competitive spirit showing itself would be just this summer. Our martial arts studio was in some of the local parades, and we got to walk with them and throw candy. Mom made up a brochure for the students to hand out, and all Clan members enrolled at the studio were asked to make a statement for the brochure. We all had great things to say about the instructors and the martial art (Tang Soo Do), but Jo's comment was particularly interesting.
"Learning Tang Soo Do hasn't been easy, but the Yennie's[instructors] have been a great help to me when I was struggling. I'm sure they will support me as I work toward black belt and all the ranks beyond." - Jo
"All the ranks beyond." That's our Jo. She claims this was a grammatical error, but I'm not so sure. It looks to me like she's planning to become the next Tang Soo Do Grandmaster. It could be a few years, but I'm positive that's her plan.
Anyway, all joking aside, Jo is 13 now.
Happy Birthday, Jo!