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Nobody remembers learning to walk, but everybody remembers learning how to ride a bike.

I didn’t learn to ride a bike without training wheels until I was about 10 years old. Between the years of 6 or 7 and 10, when I realized that everyone else my age could ride without training wheels and I couldn’t, I stopped riding my bike at all. I dreaded school events that involved bike riding, afraid I would be found out. And then one day I was at another girl’s house with my parents, and she said, “You don’t know how to ride a bike? I’ll teach you!” And she did.

Bea learned to ride her bike three days ago. After spending the whole summer riding a runner bike that was so short she had to glide along with her legs bent at a 90 degree angle, she’s mastered her bicycle in three days, without falling once.

“I’m doing it!” she cried, as I ran along beside her the first time. I ran beside her two or three more times up and down the block before I realized that I could stop running now. She sailed on away from me, confident and free. And I stood there, grinning, with my hands hanging empty by my sides.

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  • Jo-Ann August 27, 2012, 11:26 am

    Hi Michelle! I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the summer with your family. We are having fun with bikes here, too. Anna got a new run bike this weekend and has been super pumped to ride it. I imagine next summer she will be riding a regular bike. We have been spending lots of time on the trails with her on a trail-a-bike and Ellora in the chariot.
    I look forward to reading about your homeschooling adventures. I have one more year with Anna before she starts school, I know it will go quickly.

    • michelle August 28, 2012, 10:09 pm

      Hi Jo-Ann! Yay for summer bike fun indeed… We got Bea a trail a bike for her birthday – even though she can pedal a regular bike now, it is not realistic for her to ride long distances or on the road yet. I’m looking forward to doing a few more family bike rides before the weather turns really wet and rainy. :)

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