By: Jennifer Murray

Like Riding a Bike…

like learning to ride a bike

Finally the sun has started to shine, and the earth is thawing.  Spring is peeking through, and we’re anxious to greet it! 

Easter weekend was a beautiful time with our family and church, celebrating LIFE.  We went to Brad’s parents Sunday afternoon, and spent sometime playing in the 50 degree sunshine.  Isaac, Henry, and Clark played baseball in the back yard, while Brad kicked the soccer ball back and forth with Brooks.  While enjoying the moment, Brad and I both missed a call from Kristy. We had no idea her house was going up in flames.

As games were winding down, I remembered that Brad’s parents had gotten a bike  for the boys to ride when they visit once they learn to ride without training wheels.  It seemed like the perfect day to try it – with family, on a holiday, in the promising sunshine of spring. {The only thing that was missing was a helmet, which we always require as part of biking, but since Brad was going to be close beside them, we decided to forgo it. I’m not condoning our behavior. I think we all make judgment calls parenting in the moment – some of them we regret and some of them for the better. I hope we can all offer each other a measure of grace in these instances.}

It was a beautiful moment of parenting – them learning to trust, us learning to let go.  And watching them cheer each other and run along side was enough to make me melt to a puddle.

How many things will they learn that will come back to this moment of learning to ride a bike?  Once learned, never forgotten.

I’m sure this it’s just one of many exercises of letting go and allowing them to grow up that lie ahead of us. There will be mistakes along the way – bumps, scrapes, bruises, and pain. And like riding a bike, we’ll pick it up, dust ourselves off, and get back on. But there will be courage, growth, joy, and triumphs that we plan on celebrating well.

And we’ll learn this rhythm of holding on, letting go, and riding this out together, just the six of us.

3 Responses to “Like Riding a Bike…”

  1. Tea
    April 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Came across your blog and just wanted to say I think it’s awesome that you had 4 boys. And it looks like you’re loving it! I have one little man (another lil one coming in a couple months) and I have to admit that I’m worried about how I’m going to manage. You give me hope 🙂
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  2. Crystal
    April 6, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I always pictured me watching Jack learn to ride a bike, camera in hand, while Nick trailed behind. Then one day when Jack was 4, Nick came walking in the house. “Look outside,” he said. “There was Jack zooming down the sidewalk. He had learned completely without us! 🙁 AND 🙂

    Way to go boys!
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  3. Covington Grandma
    April 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Hey, it is great to watch this video and see Brooks and Henry riding the bike. Hope to see another video of Isaac and Clark riding soon. That is a big accomplishment and another milestone. .

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