We had quite the excitement over this past weekend! My husband and I finally bit the bullet and bought our daughter a two-wheel bicycle (wow, I had a lot of b-words in that sentence, and I wasn't even trying to do that! LOL). It's a little embarrassing that we're just now getting around to teaching our daughter to ride a two-wheeler! She turned 7 in January, so this is something that we should have done, well, a couple of years ago!
Why the long delay? For one thing, no offense to my daughter, but she's not the most athletic person in the world. Plus, I tend to be very over-protective. The thought of her on a bike just makes me really nervous! I really had to fight the urge to wrap her up in bubble-wrap before she climbed up onto the bike!
The other reason is that we live in a house on top of a hill. There are no sidewalks where we live. The streets are narrow, with steep hills. The street is also filled with potholes that haven't been fixed in years. The street really needs to be totally repaved. It's not conducive to learning to ride a bike.
After my husband bought the bike, the first challenge we had was to figure out how to get it into my trunk. We figure out that if my trunk is completely empty, and we unscrew the handlebars to move them down, we can fit the bike in! So, we were able to take the bike to a park where my daughter can learn to ride.
Our vision of taking off the training wheels on the first day didn't happen. My daughter managed to fall a lot with them on! In fact, she initially just had her helmet on for protection. Over the course of the next hour, we put riding gloves on her, then added knee pads. They really came in handy--especially since I couldn't find any bubble wrap!
Even with her falling, she got the hang of steering and pedaling. By Sunday, she was riding pretty fast around the park. My husband had to jog pretty fast to keep up with her. I didn't even try. I figured I was saddled down with carrying her water, jacket, and my purse (which must weight about 20 pounds), so I didn't even try to keep up.
Watching her ride like that made me realize how much she's growing up and separating from us. It's her first step toward some degree of independence. There are times that I wondered if she would be capable of driving when she's older because she can be so spacey at times. I now have more confidence that she'll be able to handle driving. But it's so weird to imagine her driving while I'm watching her ride her bike (with training wheels!). Nevertheless, watching her whiz around the park made me realize my little girl is growing up.
I have to find some tissues now!