Vera took off on her own two-wheeled bicycle last week.
It had taken a couple of lessons with daddy, who was helping her to get the hang of balancing and pedalling by placing his hand on the seat while she cycles.
She started off very cautiously, and was a bit fearful when the two support wheels were removed (which we did right after bringing the new bike home).
Since then, there’s been no turning back. She says she loves cycling and simply just can’t stop!
She’s learnt to break by back pedalling. (We were told by the bike guys that at this age, using the feet to back pedal /break is more effective than using the hand break.)
She’s learnt to make right angle turns too.
There’s still some way to go before she becomes a safe and responsible cyclist. But we’re just so glad that she’s come this far. She even credited her dad for her learning, saying he gave her right instructions. I asked what exactly he said to her, and this is what she had to say:
Daddy told me to look straight ahead and find my own balance.
Daddy, who was obviously bursting with pride, then told her that it will be hard and scary every time we learn something new, but with practice, she will be able to learn and master anything as long as she doesn’t give up.
It kinda made me recall my own journey as a parent.
I will be able to master it, and find my balance. As long as I keep looking ahead.
There is no turning back. Just lots of looking forward and oh yes, letting go too. I’m sure at some point, daddy had to let go of her bicycle seat, right?
This little girl is growing up…
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