I never owned a bike as a kid. I think I had one of them little trikes when I was a toddler, but that was it. So I’ve always made a point of my kids having bikes.
I think all up in the past seventeen years of being a parent, I’ve bought about thirteen bikes. A couple of skateboards, one scooter, and about seven of those little plastic toddler trikes. Untold amounts of stack hats. And quite a few boxes of band-aids.
I’m thinking about not buying bikes any more. Or skateboards. I may think about buying a scooter or two in the future… but we’ll see.
Christmas Day, about twenty minutes after getting his skateboard JW14 stacked it and came close to breaking his arm.
A couple of days later TJ16 was riding BL17′s bike and stacked it 3kms from home. The tough little cookie wrapped her mashed up knee in her shirt, smashed the bike seat and handlebars back to where they should have been with her gravel rashed hands – nearly where they should have been anyway – and rode back home.
TJ16 shall now forever be known as “Gravel”.
The events of Christmas week made me think about my words for 2013.
The kids always try new things, and they always make time to do things they enjoy doing. Stacking skateboards and bikes aren’t one of them. But jumping on a new skateboard only a couple of months after starting to learn to skate, and riding a bike for the first time in forever takes guts.
Which made me realise I already had my words, I just didn’t know it.
Time - Time is of the essence, one day it’ll run out. Make the most of it. Make the time to go where I need to go. Talk to who I need to talk to. Enjoy every moment there is to enjoy. And don’t forget to take time out for me too!
Try - Try new things and don’t worry about failing. Try to be the best I can for me. Try to forgive more. Try to stay in touch – which also translates to “try not to hate talking on the phone so much”. Just bloody try anyway!!!
Make the time, and try to be more.
HAPPY NEW YEAR BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! MWAH!
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