I think four is about the age when almost every American child gets their first two-wheeler bike with training wheels. For months and months, anytime we graced target or Walmart, J Myster would beg, whine, plead, attempt to sell his little brother for cash, just to have a bike! I’d often avoid the aisle like any mother wanting to make a “quick” shopping trip with children in tow, sometimes you weaves obstacles thru store aisle going the “long” way just so you don’t get sucked into the ever beckoning light up gizmos and gadgets.
But the bikes aren’t in the toy aisle, they are on the side exit, the one I like to use most while making a quick trip and they are spotted every time by Mr. J. So of course what did we have to get the little guy for his fourth birthday, his very own bike!
Now we were supposed to have a birthday party for him last weekend, but he had a little stomach bug Friday night and into Saturday, thus canceling his party. But to not have an entirely disappointing day for him, when he finally felt better, we presented him with his bike which he rode a couple of times in the hallway until we took him outside later in the day.
We took a stroll on Monday. I put baby B in a stroller and followed behind J Myster as we made our first neighborhood ride. J did good, but he fell twice. One of them was my fault. We were approaching the corner of a street and I told him to stop because a car was coming, but he panicked, slammed on his brakes, and fell off. He didn’t really hurt himself then, but when we made our final turn back onto our street later, he fell over a large area in the sidewalk that was raised up and right into a snow bank. He cried and was a bit shaken up, but I stood the little guy up, wipes his hands and knees off and told him “when you fall, you just got to get back up and keep on going”. (This isn’t always the case though as an adult, and if you’ve been in a slip and fall accident you might want to click here). He was ok, and we made it the rest of the way home. But the little guy has to work on getting himself up the driveway, (It’s not a steep driveway, but it is inclined a little) and he’s also got to work on getting over cracks in the sidewalk without a push. It was a bit difficult at times pushing him and baby B’s stroller.
But alas, my oldest has reached another milestone, his very first bicycle!
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