Ever been told it’s as easy as riding a bike?
Well that statement is pretty meaningless to anyone who currently hasn’t mastered the art of balancing their buttocks on a slim seat whilst creating motion by furiously rotating their legs on plastic pedals.
In fact if you were to tell twin girl that bike riding was easy peasey lemon squeezy I would expect you to be subject to a barrage of five-year old name calling and possibly some hair pulling.
Twin boy managed to master the skill a couple of weeks ago; and with huge satisfaction. Whilst I wouldn’t say he lords it over his sister he does like to tell her that he is “littler and can still ride without stabilisers” much to her dismay.
So today the extra wheels came off and twin girl faced her fear. I’d like to say she rose to the challenge well but in actual fact it was bloody painful and that kid has serious trust issues. He who helped create them almost crippled himself holding onto her seat and his reward was to be accused vehemently that he was letting go and was trying to make her fall.
Tantrums followed tears accompanied by cries of ‘I’ll do it when I’m eight; leave me be.”
Guilt replaced my impatience when I snapped;
“Oh come on there is no better feeling than learning to ride your bike.”
And a teary, tired twin girl replied;
“There is mummy, kisses and cuddles with you is the best feeling in the world.”
But do you know what? In spite of hating every second and feeling like she was going to crash into a tree at any moment.
She did it.
For the last five minutes on the bike she rode alone as he who helped create them ‘pretended’ to hold her seat.
As she braked to a halt; he whispered to her;
“I have been naughty; I let go.”
Her face was a picture; confusion turned to a flash of anger which was washed away by the quiet look of achievement.
“I did it!” She spoke softly to herself. “I can ride my bike.”
Then louder with a gleeful giggle and a glowing grin.
“Owen, I did it; Daddy let go; I did it.”
As I said no better feeling than learning to ride a bike; except perhaps the kisses and cuddles at the end…