When I think of milestones when I was a child, here are a few that stand out. Lost teeth, starting school, first sports teams and so on. Some of them bigger than others. Recently we experienced one of those milestones. We went from four wheels to two on his bike!
Christmas before last we wanted our little guy to get a bike. Our wish came true when there was a bright shiny new bike under the tree Christmas morning. He was absolutely over the moon and rode it quite a bit that day and has ridden quite often since. There have been posts about riding with him, and he has always been a very solid rider.
He has always done well when it comes to riding anything. He took to the three-wheeled scooter right away at a very very young age and then without any assistance from anyone took to the Razor scooter and rode it around, no problems.
NewMom has had an uncanny knack of knowing exactly when our little guy was ready for the next step in many different aspects of his life. She knew when it was time to ween off the pacifier, when diapers were done and other milestones, and knew that he was actually past time for the training wheels to come off.
So on Mother’s day this year, that is exactly what we did. We were celebrating at her mom and dads’ house, and they live in a cul de sac, so it is the perfect place for him to ride without any traffic or interruptions. At the beginning, he got a little freaked out, but within five minutes, he was up on two wheels, riding without those pesky training wheels. and his confidence was growing with every pedal stroke. Soon it looked like he had been riding for weeks or even months. I was a very very proud dad.
Now comes the perfect moment. I think I have talked about perfect moments in here before. a perfect moment is that moment in time that you will have forever engrained in your memory. those moments that are so perfect that there is nothing that could ever take them away from you. I had one of those that evening. After dinner, our little man wanted to ride some more, so he asked if I would go outside with him so he could ride. I of course said yes. We were outside in the cul de sac and he was riding and I was just watching him. SO proud of his ability to pick it up so quickly, to get really good at it in such a short period of time. it was quiet, just the background noise and the sound of the tires tearing across the pavement. The sun was shining into the cul de sac through the trees at the end of it, and it was just him and I. At that moment I thanked God for the multitude of blessings I was experiencing at that moment.
So another milestone, this time, riding a bike for the first time without training wheels!! And another perfect moment that I will keep forever.