How awesome is it to watch your first-born ride her bike confidently down the road?
Mario rode in the bike seat on my bike while Maria rode her bike ahead of us. Maria mesmerized me as she experimented with taking one hand off the handlebar, lifting her butt off the seat, zig-zagging her bike along the sidewalk. Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was scared to have me let go of the handlebars, and now she is a biking machine,. I love it. She led us all they way to Upper Arlington to play at a new park. A cool little park with a stream and a climbing wall and fun obstacles. When we were heading out, Mario complained that he didn’t want to leave. She turned around and said jokingly “I knew you would be complainin’ about leaving!” She was clearly proud that she led us to the park, and enjoying her new-found activity of biking. We took the long way home – past all of the outdoor restaurants and shops – and she lifted her head up high as she passed the crowds. I could feel her self-confidence even as Mario and I rode 20 feet behind her.
Thank you, bike.