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ENJOYING THE RIDE ON CHRISTMAS AND CYCLING
This time of year, it’s impossible not to be nostalgic. As holiday decorations go up and those classic Christmas songs come on the radio, who doesn’t think back on their childhood experiences of the season? Sitting down to write this newsletter, I’m immediately reminded of the Christmas that marked a big change in my life: the year Santa brought me my very own bicycle. It was a BMX-style bike, shiny and knew. As the baby of the family, I was proud to have something that wasn’t a hand-me-down. But more importantly, the bike offered me a degree of freedom and responsibility I’d never had before. In many ways, this gift helped me pedal into adulthood. I was off and going, there was no catching me. Soon I was riding anywhere and everywhere: to school, my friends’ houses, the store. That bike was my first real taste of independence. I rode that thing all the way up until I got my driver’s license. Now the time is coming when my own kids are beginning to take on that first step of freedom and responsibility. Our youngest, Luke, has just learned to bicycle. Sure, he had a few falls on the first day, but come morning, he was up and excited to get out and try it again! Both my boys have been fortunate enough to learn to ride at their Pop Pop and Yaya’s house. They’ve got a big grassy area for the kids to practice on that certainly beats the tree- laden areas of my youth, and Pop Pop has a six-seater. “This was another one of those full-circle moments I keep encountering as a parent. Just as my mom watched over me during my first rides, I’ve done the same for Jude and Luke.” I’d learned to ride in the wooded areas outside of Baton Rouge. My mom tried her best to keep me from crashing into trees, but once
This was another one of those full-circle moments I keep encountering as a parent. Just as my mom watched over me during my first rides, I’ve done the same for Jude and Luke. As a marathon runner and a bit of a “helicopter dad,” I was the one to run alongside the boys as they were learning. It was sort of a two-for-one deal — they felt safe and confident as they started to pedal for themselves, and I got quite the workout trying to keep up with them! The boys are still a bit young to be out riding on their own, but I’m sure the day will come in a blink of an eye. For now, we’ll enjoy riding together as a family. But as I watch my boys take off without the need of training wheels or their father running beside them, I’m reminded of just how important the holidays are. They let us slow down and savor these simple moments, remembering that life’s a journey and we should enjoy the ride.
From our family to yours, I hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday season, and a happy new year!
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