Today was a real family day. Mum is away for the weekend so I hosted lunch for my dad and brother. Dad and I had plenty of organising to sort for our trip to Disney world in the summer. This is the second time we have been and we plan to make the most of it. For that sort of holiday some planning is required and dad and I love doing the planning. We have booked our character meals but today sorted out USA admission and some of the finer details. We are staying at a disney resort and feel really excited for the trip. This time we know what to expect.
In addition to the holiday planning dad bought over Sam’s old bike. This was a big deal – I have a brand new Raleigh bike in the garage that Dylan has never mastered. The tread on the tyre has remained immaculate for the past 5 years. The dust has gathered around the wheels and gears. Dyl’s character is reticent and he is wary of trying new things. Learning to ride a bike has been painful for him. Each spring / summer since he was about four we have tried. It usually ends in tears and shouting – both his and mine. However he does want to ride, but can never just go for it. We had decided to try again today especially as he has cycling proficiency in Sept / Oct time. This had been playing on his mind as he didn’t want lots of his peers to realise he couldn’t ride. He wants to be able to do it. But like I said he doesn’t like new things. He is very left handed and co ordination (apart from being a great goalkeeper in football) is not his strength.
Today I took him to a quiet road that runs alongside us. He sat on the well used, well battered bike telling me that it didn’t feel right. That he didn’t feel safe and my heart lurched. I thought he we go again.
I held the seat and told him to peddle and he did. I let go and he kept peddling. I told him to look straight ahead and keep going and do you know what. He bloody well did. Just like that. I don’t know who was more surprised him or me or his dad when we came home and told him.
After all these years he just cycled off. He was elated and so was I.
Tonight he feels good and I don’t blame him. He is already talking about practicing tomorrow he hasn’t tried turning yet but it will come.
What has caused this change? I think it is from scooting. He asked for an MPG scooter at Christmas -again I was reticent as they cost and I wasn’t sure he would use it. However as he didn’t cycle we thought that maybe this was a middle road. He has been scooting to school and gone to the skate park with friends and I truly think this helped him find his balance. It helped him find his core muscles which is why today worked. Today my 10 year old finally learnt to cycle. It shows that it can be done at a later age. It shows that determination and persistence and faith will work.
He doesn’t now need to be excused from cycling proficiency which he was dreading.