Saturday, January 2, 2010

Never say never

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I thought I would never see this sight. Training wheels carelessly tossed on the ground... useless.

See, our children didn't know how to ride a bike without training wheels. Until today. You read that right, my eight and ten year old girls did NOT know how to ride a bike!! Until today ;-).

It's been an ongoing battle.

Erina was simply too scared to give it a go. She's such a cautious, careful child and even the thought of riding something on two big wheels made her nervous. She never had a problem with her scooter, loves that thing, is more like it. But I guess it's closer to the ground and makes her feel safer?? I really don't know. What I do know, is that Erina didn't have the slightest desire to EVER ride a bike.

Grace tried to learn when she was six, but we made the mistake of trying to teach her right on our sidewalk. She got frustrated, Brian got frustrated. They gave up.

The bikes collected dust in our garage. Until today.

I knew we had to get them outside today. We've been lazy bums over this break, sleeping in late, staying up late. And it's time to turn around and get back to business as usual. So it had to be an activity that tires them out. Then I came up with the idea of bringing them to a huge empty parking lot and trying to teach them how to ride a bike one last time.

Erina said, no way. I will never learn.

Grace was excited. So she went first.

Brian was holding her by her neck (which looked kind of strange, lol).
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And then he let go...
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... and she was riding!
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Just like that!!!!
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Before we knew it, she was circling the light posts like a pro.
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Erina got a little braver all of a sudden. You know, that "if my little sister can, I can too" mentality... sometimes it's helpful! But she did not want anything to do with Brian and his neck-holding teaching strategy. So it was up to me.

Ten minutes and one sweaty mom later...
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I seriously ran along her side for ten minutes, first holding on to her waist. Then just to make her feel safe. Finally she said "You can stop running now" and she followed Brian & Grace.
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Oh, happy day!!!
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Grace found the only puddle...
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On our way home, we stopped by the bike shop. Erina was in dire need of a new helmet. And we realized that her bike is way small for her... she's supposed to drive a 24 inch wheel bike and hers is probably 16 inches. She sure found her dream bike, it matches her new helmet. But it didn't come home with us today. Maybe for her next birthday.

So always remember, never say never!!

3 comments:

  1. Yeah...how exciting! Way to go, Erina and Grace.

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  2. Go Girls!! That is awesome. Joe still is on training wheels. I'm a fan of not rushing anything. When it's time, it's time.

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  3. YEAH!! This is so cute... Liam was the EXACT same way. Just learned last year and his bike was so tiny, his legs were pushing up on the pedals. Congrats, girls!!

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