Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Ripple Effect


Ethan’s scootering has had a positive impact on the whole family. His insistence on riding his scooter to school has given James an extra opportunity to practice riding his bike.
The first few rides about did me in. James would ride so cautiously, I’d soon lose track of Ethan and had to push James on his bike every few feet to catch up with big brother. Then, one time, James wasn’t looking where he was going and rode off the sidewalk you see in the photo to do a face plant in the ditch. After that incident, I was afraid James would never ride again, but he got back on the next day.
By the end of the week, James rode so fast I had to wear my running shoes so I could jog to keep up with him. Last Sunday, Ethan said he wanted to ride his bike to the park, and James readily agreed. We all hopped on our bikes and made it to the park in one piece.
My dream came true.

8 comments:

Talon said...

What a fabulous photo. I can tell that James is concentrating so hard on his riding!

I love the resilience of children. They teach us so much more than I'd have believed until I had my own.

Lynn said...

A dream come true. This made tears spring to my eyes. Yay for James and everyone!

hokgardner said...

What a great family outing!

Susan DeAngelis said...

saw your comment on a friend's blog and thought I'd stop by.

Love your blog -- will be following,

A new friend,
Sue

MaryAnn Ashley said...

We call those crashes "Curious Georges". In one the stories, George is watching paper boats go down a river & runs into a rock.

Our girls are recently riding too & we've taken our bikes out as a family. I can relate & relish with you.

a corgi said...

Yea!! great achievements and great exercise!!!

betty

Destiny's child... said...

That's great Cathy! Kudos to James' unwavering spirit! :)

laughingatchaos said...

YAY!!!