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Li’l D’s new bike

My older son, Li’l D, only recently learned to ride his bike without training wheels.

He’d no sooner learned this skill than my husband, Anthony, and I saw his old bike was way too small for him. His knees knocked its handlebars with almost his every push forward.

Anthony and I decided to surprise him with a new bicycle–his choice!–for his seventh birthday. We took him to buy it yesterday, but misjudged its size relative to my car’s trunk.

At first, Anthony tried sitting up front with the bike. That seemed like it was going to work until I closed the door, at which point pain levels mandated that we explore alternatives.

The bike ended up in the passenger seat; Anthony, in the tiny space between our sons’ car seats. It took him three or four minutes to get buckled, but he finally managed it. (I still can’t quite fathom how. The dimensions just shouldn’t work!)

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Li’l D was only able to ride his new bike back to our shed yesterday. That being so, he was ready to ride it at 5 o’clock this morning.

(Parental approval: withheld.)

When he gets home from school in a few minutes, having only ridden his new bike for 30 seconds, I fully expect it to be with a rush of, “Can I ride it can I ride it can I ride it?!”

He’s stoked about his bike. And me?

I’m stoked about his joy.

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  1. September 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Oh the joy of childhood adventures! I love the reminders of a simpler time.

  2. September 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I’m excited like him when I am allowed to buy new tech. Happens SO rarely, I miss the feeling.

    • September 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Likewise! Getting to experience all this anew through him is a delight.

      (He also ended up getting a green Kindle cover from his Auntie Rache, which had him shrieking with glee at being able to ditch the pink one. Heh.)

      • September 29, 2016 at 4:49 pm

        LOL, pink. I feel his pain.

        • September 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm

          It was the only cover available at purchase, which was an acceptable short term trade for him. 😀

  3. September 29, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Yay for new bikes! And joy. 🙂

  4. September 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    What a big step for Li’l D!

    • October 1, 2016 at 7:49 am

      It was such a joy going riding with him soon after I posted this. I already look forward to going out again today, although it feels like it’s going to be another ridiculously warm day. (Noooo!)

  5. Deb
    September 29, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Best picture ever…although I’m sure Anthony may have another opinion 😉 I hope Li’l D rides like the wind!

    • October 1, 2016 at 7:57 am

      I wish I’d also gotten one of him in the backseat! The two of them together? They reveal some solid parental commitment. 😀

  6. September 29, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Oh man, I love this! Li’l D I bet will be zooming around like he is in a high speed chase soon.

    • October 1, 2016 at 7:58 am

      It took a few minutes for him to figure out how to get pedaling, since it’s so tall. I told him he had to push off and then start pedaling, rather than try to gain momentum by pedaling. After the, he was racing … and loving it. ♥

      • October 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

        Yess! My daughter just started without training wheels last year. So glad he caught on. The look on their face is amazing when they accomplish things ❤

  7. September 29, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    OMG, LOVE! Wish the little man happy birthday from me! Hopefully the Calvin & Hobbes made it there, too!

    • October 1, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Gah! This comment means you only got one of the two texts I sent. Anthony and I are “losing” lots of texts between us, but I thought it was just between us. Li’l D hollered and cheered for the C&H, too. Thank you. ♥

  8. September 30, 2016 at 5:07 am

    I just saw the picture of Anthony (read this on my phone last night)! That is hilarious! Do I spy “Mongoose” on the frame with trick pegs? 360 steering?

    • October 1, 2016 at 7:48 am

      For some reason, the picture showed up broken for the first couple of hours! I had to delete the broken image and replace it with … the exact same image, but working.

      And, yep, that’s exactly what you spy! One of our landlords happened to be doing some work outside when we got home with the bike in the car. He was pretty darn stoked to see the bike, which he’d debated buying for himself. 😀

  9. September 30, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Nice! Awesome color!

    • October 1, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Orange is J’s favorite color, but D hasn’t shown much of an interest until he saw this bike and immediately fell in love with it! 😀

  10. September 30, 2016 at 6:29 am

    It is always nice to see our kids joy Deborah 🙂

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