Monday, April 15, 2013

And What I'm Doing *Today*...

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BabyGirl G. is learning to ride a two-wheeler. She's been a slow learner so far, mostly through lack of practice and motivation. Couple this with a surprising amount of fear, and she's almost ten and finally learning. But, she is learning. She's usually my fearless one, the first to join Daddy on the big scary roller coaster - but when it comes to riding a bike, she turns into O Timid One. I don't get it...

She is learning. Not at the rocket-fast pace of her brother when it came to two wheels, but at her own pace. She's getting the mechanics of keeping the bike upright and incorporating turning and stopping and generally improving by leaps and bounds. I caught this picture earlier today at the local stadium, where they have bike/pedestrian trails so she can practice without worrying about cars.

It won't be long before she masters two wheels and is off on her own, without the safety net of dad nearby. There's a metaphor there. I can only run alongside her for so long before she either learns how to do it or not - if I run alongside her forever, I'm nothing more than a different set of training wheels, a different crutch that's preventing her from fully growing. There may be times I can't be there to catch her when she falls, whether off her bike or in a different endeavor. All I can do is work with her to give her the tools she'll need in life to cope with falling.

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is realizing that you not only can't protect your child from all of life's bumps and bruises, but that you shouldn't...

That is all.

5 comments:

Andie said...

Amen to that! Congrats on getting her going with it, and remember, she'll always be your little girl. :)

Dave H said...

You're coming into it with the right attitude boss. You know you can't always be there for them, but the knowledge you give them will be.

Coop said...

"One of the hardest parts of being a parent is realizing that you not only can't protect your child from all of life's bumps and bruises, but that you shouldn't..."

I feel your pain.

agirlandhergun said...

Awe...


Our almost 10 year old just learned to ride on two wheels herself. She finally got it on Saturday with her dad. I was at the rescue squad:(

Stretch said...

Some perspective.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBWVWjdNWC0