Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Bike Ride With Carson The Great

His newest trick...

Today was one of those days in western Washington that we experience more often than I like.  Rain, rain, clouds, mist, and then more rain.

Carson spent the better part of the day playing in the house, and by tonight, he decided that no matter what the weather was like, he and I needed to go for a bike ride.  The rain was coming down sideways at the point where he began some serious begging, but I gave in and we took off.  The funny thing about our weather is that it looks nasty from inside a warm, cozy house, but once you're out in it, it's really not all that bad.

For the next half hour or so, Carson told me exactly how I needed to ride and what to do next.  I love his sense of adventure. 
"Mom, ride as FAST as you can.  I want to see how fast that bike can go."
And so I would ride as fast as I could, and he would catch up with a big, proud grin.
After a time of riding fast, weaving in and out, and racing each other, he moved on to showing me tricks.

Wheelies came first.  Carson would show an example, I'd copy, and then he'd praise me.  Every time I tried, success or not, I heard, "Good job, mom."  Love that kid. :)
After wheelies came a number of other tricks, beginning simple and finally ending in some contorted position hanging off one side of the bike while I was still supposed to keep it traveling quickly down the road.  Right there it got a little too technical for me.

We rode on a bit longer, the rain now replaced by a cold, sideways wind, and even though I was shivering and my teeth were chattering, Carson was happy as could be.  He showed me his newest skill...riding along while standing on his seat.  The entire time, he explained everything he was doing in great detail.  And, he crashed pretty hard a couple of times, but would jump up, yelling, "That was cool!"

Getting some riding "lessons" from my 5 year old tonight made me think about how this is just the start of many years of me learning from him.  That's got to be one of the coolest things about being a parent...learning as much, or more, from your kids than they learn from you.  After tonight's ride it occurred to me that they're never too young to start teaching us.  I can't help but wonder what will be next. :)

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