Wednesday, October 03, 2012
What age did you learn to ride a bike?
I remember that I was 7, nearly 8, before I started to ride my bike without training wheels (stabilisers). It took me AGES to master balancing on a bike. It was my dad and me, in the parking space in front of our house, that morning. And my dad tried all day to show me how it was done. He was wonderful and patient at first, and then he began getting more and more impatient until he huffed and finally went inside. It was only with him gone that I felt more comfortable and was able to ride my bike in a straight line without wobbling or falling off. I got so excited that I was finally doing it, sped off across the street, couldn't remember how to brake, smashed into the kerb on the other side of the street and nearly fell off from the impact. But I did it. I still remember that giddy, amazing feeling of accomplishing something like riding my bike for the first time.
So it was with that in mind that N and I took E to a nearby field with his bike. We'd taken the stabilisers off that morning and he was so pumped to start trying. N ran around with him for a little while, holding the back of the bicycle seat, keeping him upright. And it was hardly more than an hour, before E was doing it all on his own. I hope he had the same incredible feeling of accomplishment that I felt. That surely we all feel!