Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Try Cycle


With the station wagon back in the shop again, Bob and I decided we would ride our bikes to pre-school in the morning. We were doing fine for the first half a block.

"Mom? I can't do this anymore. My bike is tired."

"You can do it, babe. Just keep moving."

"I think you should push me."

"I can't push you. I have to ride my own bike." We rode another block and stopped at the stop sign. "Okay let's go."

"It's too bumpy right here. I'm scared."

"You're fine, Bob. Be brave."

"I can't be brave. I'm too scared."

"Just keep moving. Being brave is being afraid and doing it anyway. You're doing great." As I quietly high fived myself for turning our bike ride into a "teachable moment," I heard a crash and saw that The Brave One had fallen over in a driveway.

"Mom!"

"Come on, honey. You're okay. Now get back up on your bike, and you get to be... um... even more brave."

"I'm not interested."

"I don't blame you."

It was a long ride.

24 comments:

  1. Aaah this reminds me of cycling to school when I was a kid, must have been about 6 years old. I thought it would be a great idea but I didn't realise how.damn.far it was!! I was exhausted by the time we got there.

    Well done with the attempt at bravery teaching ;-)

    ~Juniper~

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  2. Em, that story is remind me when i was 7 years old. In indonesia, the road wasn't fine. There were some many rock, hole, and so on. And I was crush my cycle to ricefield.
    Um, thanks to remind me, now im laughing too much.

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  3. Are you both chanting "Come on station wagon" yet?

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  4. I think from now on I'm going to say "the elliptical is tired" at the gym... I don't want to over-extend the poor machine.
    Dinner With Kir

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  5. I'm with DG. It's good to have teachable moments. I'm just wondering who's being taught what.

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  6. "I'm not interested."

    Damn, that kid is funny!

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  7. Poor Bob Rosenberg. That was a tough life-lesson.

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  8. Same as Kamila and A Mom on Spin!

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  9. i'm proud of him AND you. my girls wont go near a bike (7 years old!) due to their lack of... um, bravery or endurance. either way, i'm not the role model they need to exemplify those qualities.

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  10. "I'm not interested." LOL He speaks like an adult.

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  11. I'm not interested in teachable moments either.
    They're exhausting.

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  12. Bob! Eventually he'll love to bike, but maybe not to school. Try an icecream shop next time and see how brave he gets. Lol

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  13. I wonder if Bob quietly high fived himself for turning the bike ride into a "teachable moment." (Wonderfully told tale!)

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  14. I nearly snorted soda out my nose reading his line "I'm not interested."
    :)

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  15. Now I'm having flashbacks to my triathlon.

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  16. Some days I just want to have Bob bronzed, or something less creepy, but you get the idea.

    Housework? I'm not interested.

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  17. Yeah i agree with bob, my bicycle is tired and i'm not interest anymore, LOL great blog!

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  19. Oh my goodness! So sweet! I love your blog!!

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  20. He told you he just wasn't interested.

    How many times have I thought that, but never had the permission to say it.

    What a wonderful life he has....

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  21. Your son and my son must share a brain, because this sounds exactly what my son might say!

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