Posted on May 17, 2005 at 01:40 AM
It's not often that you bear witness to a milestone in someone's life. As a parent you are lucky enough to experience quite a few. Birthdays, the first words, first steps, but nothing is quite as awe inspiring (or scary) as watching your child learn to ride a bike on his own.
It takes you back to a time when you were that age. Free from the stresses of adulthood. No job or bills to worry about. Just you, the bike, and the open road. It's one of the first signs that your "baby" is starting to grow up. He no longer needs training wheels to keep him steady and is now free to go where ever the road takes him.
It is true foreshadowing of what lies ahead in the years that soon follow (If you're a parent, just think of yourself as the "training wheels").
The following video was taken on Nick's second day of riding a bike, sans training wheels. It's amazing how quickly he's picked it up. Sure there's been some wrecks, nothing a few hugs and kisses won't heal. But after every spill he pops right up ready to get back in the saddle. I think we can expect to spend quite a few more nights up at the parking lot.
Technical Information: The following video is about 8MB. If you have a high speed internet connection, you can click on the image below and the movie will start playing. Otherwise, I recommend you right click on the picture, then click "Save Target As" to save it to a location on your computer. You will need Microsoft's Windows Media Player in order to view the video.
So, without further adieu, I give you Pure Joy.