Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Were you ever moved to tears by the sheer determination of your child?
I was crying watching Johanna inch her way along the wall. No she did not want help and she could do it. Inch inch inch...then she let go and was so proud to move her feet across the ice. she turned to the kid behind her and joyously yelled, "I did it" She turned back around ; inch inch "I can skate!!" she beamed. What she could do was ever so slightly move her feet so she didn't need the constant support of the wall.
Tears poured down my face as she inched along.
This week Johanna also learned to ride her 2 wheeler. Last year we tried the "Hold the seat and run until the kid takes off" method but she just fell over and over. We put the wheels back on and stopped pushing her.
This year, as she she clanked down the driveway 3 bumps with her very well worn training wheels She noticed she was staying in the middle. So we took the training wheels off to see how she would do. She took off riding. The first night she had trouble actually getting on the bike and going but once on she could ride.
The next morning I lowered her seat and she could balance easier and off she went, an independent bike rider.
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