The other day we were in the bike shop getting Ben's bike looked at. Mary was zooming all over the store on all of the different bikes. She was having a great time!
I saw Saw reaching for a bike, so I got a tricycle down for him, watched him take off on it, and then went back to where Ben was.
A few minutes later I heard Mary and Sam laughing. They sounded like they were having the time of their lives.
I glanced over at them, and here came Mary zooming around the corner looking behind her calling for Sam. A few seconds later, Sam came zooming by....on a big bike with training wheels!
We had no idea Sam could ride a bike like that. We haven't even tried to put him on one. And there he was, acting like he had been doing it for years.
The grin on his little face was priceless. There was so much joy just seeping out of his little boy body. It was a moment I won't forget. There is something so special about watching your child experience pure and overwhelming joy.
When we got home, we got out Mary's little bike, and put the training wheels on it. The rest is history. We have one coordinated little boy on our hands.
We have been outside EVERY DAY, rain or shine, snow or sun, wind or calm. Mary and Sam are in bike heaven.
Sam is using Mary's old bike for now, but sooner or later, he will get a "boy" bike of his own. He doesn't seem to notice that it is purple. He could care less. All he cares about right now is speed, slamming on the brakes, and the rush of flying down the hill.
Sometimes I think we let Sam's sweet, shy and soft personality trick us into thinking he will just want to sit inside and cuddle all day. Nope...this sweet little guy LOVES adventure, playing rough, jumping off high things and you guessed it, riding a big bike.
Sam has the best of both worlds. I love my little guy.