Yes, there have been milestone moments around the Y. home this summer. The bike riding took me off guard. I didn't expect it to be that big of a deal (to me). My heart skipped, my eyes teared and I cheered more than I ever have for my child! It was a pretty great moment. Sure...every kid learns to ride...but MINE riding: that is a moment for celebration! It truly was the biggest thing since the first step.
Of course, he got his bike not long after he took his first step (gotta love first time parents ;) We thought it would make such a great 2nd birthday present. We tried every year...but this was the year he decided to be ready. And yes, I think the "decision" factor has a lot to do with this. Can't really teach someone to ride a bike against his will very well (we've learned.)
"Wouldn't it be cool," he suggested "if I rode into my party and surprised everyone?" (this was two weeks till party day). Three days later he was off and riding. Of course, he simply couldn't keep it a secret from cousins...but that didn't matter much. He could RIDE!
Summer milestone moment for Jake: Check!