First let me introduce myself so you understand where I’m coming from. As Crash Uncle I am Crash Dad’s favorite brother, and the absolute coolest uncle in the family. I have an amazing wife and three kids that are the most important thing in life. I am also a navigator for the US Air Force on the C-130 Hercules which allows me to see some amazing things. Because of that job I often have to leave home for days or weeks at a time, and this weekend, was one of those instances.
While I was away Crash Aunt, my wife, decided that Crash Niece, my daughter, needed to learn to ride her bike without training wheels. We had tried previously to no avail, but she was determined that it was time. So she ripped the training wheels off and let her loose on the street, and what do you know…
…she rode all by herself the very first time.
Fortunately they were kind enough to make a video of the first attempt so that I could participate from a distance. Though it is no replacement for being there in person, I will take what I can get. It was just amazing to me how quickly kids learn new things. Now she did fall a couple of times yesterday trying to learn how to turn, but she kept getting up and trying which is all a parent really wants.
I came home today and the first thing my daughter did when she got home from school was to take me outside and show me how good she was. Once again I was amazed at how much better she had gotten since even yesterday. She even started to challenge herself by riding through the gutter and onto the grass, followed by riding along the edge of the gutter without going into the grass or into the gutter. She did all of that by herself because she was trying to make it more fun, and I couldn’t be prouder.
So many kids these days don’t know how to have fun outside, but I am so thrilled that my kids are not that way. Sometimes I wonder if I am doing it right with my kids, but I knew we were doing something right when she told me something while riding today. She said, “Dad, I don’t like cars they are yucky, I just want to ride my bike everywhere cause it’s healthy.”