Time to Take Off the Training Wheels

by Julie Weir

From the minute you put your child onto their first bike you know there will come a time when the training wheels will have to come off.

dad-with-son-on-bikeYou know this, yet you don’t realize how quickly that day will sneak up on you.

Suddenly, last week, this day was upon us. We decided that we would take the training wheels off my daughters bike and my son’s bike (4.5 years old, came out of the womb able to do somersaults, self-proclaimed king of the world) at the same time. “Why go through this twice?”, was the thought.

As we loaded the bikes in the van to drive to the nearest bike trail (no way were our kids going learn to ride on the Indy-500 in front of our house) I could feel my stomach cramping. They were going to fall, whine, cry, sniffle, whine some more, and then bleed. My daughter was likely never going to get on a bike again. I thought about hiding the bikes and detouring to an ice cream store in a wildly evasive manoeuvrings.

I suddenly realized I was holding my breath and starting to squirm.

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Video: Little Girl Doesn’t Want Her Brother to Grow Up

I don’t whether to laugh or cry at this video.

However, I think we can all really relate. Sometimes aging just sucks. However, who would have thought it would affect this little girl so much.  In this video, she not only laments the fact that her little brother is going to grow up, but that she will.

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Video: 80 Years of Happy

I apologize in advance for this.

I have to admit, I like(d) the song “Happy” for a long time. It’s become a phenomenon and it caught me. However, it’s now become an ear-worm and each time I think I’ve got it out of my head, it comes back to haunt me again. In this case, I’m OK with it but I have to warn you if you’ve been trying to get it out of your head, don’t watch the video.

But it’s worth it.

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Video: Old Man Will Never Stop Dancing

I don’t know whether this old guy dancing is more humorous or inspirational. Either way, it’s just fun.

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