Thursday, March 29, 2007

Four years and three days.





That's how long Brock has been waiting for this moment. It has not been easy. He's had to try and try and get frustrated and there have been moments of anger and doubt. But yesterday, he learned an important lesson in perseverance. Some things in life are worth fighting for.

Riding a bike is just one of those things. Today he got out there and fell down and got tired and frustrated all over again. But after a few more trys, his confidence and ability began to kick in. It was so great to witness...one of those moments in life where you couldn't put a pricetag on it...it really was priceless. Just now he came inside the house with one of the biggest grins I've seen in a long time. Sure, it's great to place first in a speech meet. Certainly there is something to be said for those terrific math scores and the list of books he read through for the recent Read-a-Thon at school.
But this time was different. It was years of trying and expending effort and finally realizing what we've been encouraging him to do all along really was to his benefit. We weren't lying. Riding a bike really is easy and worth all the effort it took to be able to ride all by himself. As a parent, I was proud. And I know he is now one step closer to the day we will eventually have to let him go out into the world- all by himself.

9 comments:

Cris said...

How awesome! Way to go Brock!

Kim said...

Yaaa!!! So exciting!!! What a great accomplishment!

Jiggy said...

You go Brock! That is an awesome accomplishment!

Kimberly said...

Awwww...this is such and exciting time! How fun! Great shots too! Go Brock! :)))
Loves,
K

Janna said...

Good job Brock! :)

Cara said...

now, when it is one of his sister's turn to learn how to ride a bike, tell him that someone from colorado emailed mommy to advise brock against running his sister over with his bike . . . even if his sister is on training wheels . . . even if she falls off her bike onto the sidewalk . . . and he takes careful note of this . . . and responds by ringing the bell on his bike . . . you know, so she has plenty of time to move . . . but she doesn't move in time . . . and he is such a FAST bike rider . . . so he couldn't POSSIBLY stop in time anyway . . . because, did i mention how FAST of a bike rider he will be? . . . so keeps going . . . running over BOTH of his sister's legs . . . creating one thud after another . . .
well, just tell him it is a not a good idea. and tell him that his sister will certainly milk the situation for all that it is worth . . . crying much harder and louder than she probably needs to (little sisters can be such fakers!) . . . and tell him that i understand it typically results in being grounded from said bike for a very long long time.

but that is just what i have heard. :)

(20 years later, and my sister STILL holds that one over my head. well, that and the time i cut off all the hair of one of my barbie dolls, spread it on her pillow, and told her she was loosing her hair which meant she was surely dying.)
but that is another story for another day.

FlipFlop Mom said...

awww that is so sweet!!!!!!! GREAT JOB!!

Jerrie said...

Love seeing children's accomplishments along the way. Any child. My son has been riding a bike for 7 years now, but seeing a boy learn to ride brings back all those memories.

Way to go! Ride like the wind.

Scrappytbear said...

YAY what a big huge day! I remember the day my 2 older girls learned their bikes...in fact I think I remember the day I learned to ride my bike! Way to go Brock!!!