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    Park and ride

    The weather was cruddy during the majority of my visit to see my grandsons, bordering on monsoon conditions at times. Add to that the fact that Bubby and Mac were sick most of the time—Bubby recuperating from the flu and Mac flirting with the flu while dealing with full-blown bronchiolitis, as well—and it's clear why Gramma didn't get to play outside with her grandsons much in the past week.

    My last full day there, though, the weather warmed up nicely and the boys felt better than they had since my arrival. We seized the opportunity to relieve our cabin fever by heading to the park just down the street—with Bubby leading the way on his first ride there without training wheels on his bike.

    I was a little nervous at first, allowing my four-year-old grandson to ride his bike on the sidewalk. A sidewalk right next to the street. A street on which vehicles drive. And a street we needed to cross in order to get to the park.

    Bubby did fantastic, though. He experienced nary a wobble along the way, and once at the park, my grandson relished the freedom—and pride in oneself—that only a training wheel-less bike can provide.


    I'm so impressed with Bubby's riding skills. He is four years old, turning five in June. I don't remember exactly when my daughters learned to ride a bike, but I'm positive it wasn't at four. (I don't think they even had a bike at four!)

    As Bubby said at the end of the video above: "This video is great!" It is exactly that, because he's such a great bicyclist.

    Adding to the greatness is Mac's little voice saying "Gramma" in the background. You heard that, right? And Mac's achievement for the day: He went down the twirly slide all by himself for the very first time while we were there. And the second time, third time, and fourth time, too.

    I'm telling ya, my grandsons are athletic superstars—even when not on their A-game and still recovering from the flu.

    Today's question:

    Who taught you to ride a bicycle?

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    Reader Comments (12)

    Yes, your Grandsons ARE athletic superstars and I'm now on a personal mission to work with my Granddaughter on her bike skills sans training wheels:)

    Lisa, I think this is the first time I've 'heard' your voice. You sound so young, Gramma!

    Unfortunately, I don't remember who taught me to ride a bike??

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Ha! Must be my horrid cold (thank you, boys!) making me sound so young, NonnieKelly. Wish it would do the same for my wrinkles.

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    What fun!! Great video and I love hearing the voices! Don't you just love the word Grama said by your grandchildren? My dad taught me to ride but certainly not at four!

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

    I LOVE that we can easily video everything now. It appears as if you truly have superstars on your hands!

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Tucker

    I am totally "Wow-ed" by Bubby's biking ability! And I know I must have been twice his age before I could ride that well.

    We kids all supported each other when trying to learn to ride our one bike, taking turns at it with all the others helping the rider balance; that's three brothers and one sister for me (Darlene wasn't yet born back then).

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    My favorite part:
    "Are you proud of you?" HUGE nod and smile!!! Awesome!

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Curran

    Love your video and Bubby is amazing at riding his bike at his age!

    It was so long ago that I learned to ride a bike but I'm pretty sure it was my Dad who taught me....he was the one who taught me to drive and all things outdoorsy. Back in my day I rode my bike everywhere!

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    Oh Lisa, what a treasure this video will be in years to come! It's so great that these big moments, and all the little moments, can be recorded so easily now.

    My dad taught me to ride a bike. It was a little red one in a little neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado, and I rode it up and down the street on end, eventually letting go so I could take off on my own. Fun memories. Seems a lifetime ago. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    That video IS great! And Bubby is a bike star without a doubt. Amara wasn't comfortable riding like that until this year. Way to go Bubby! I am so glad you guys got to do this! As for who taught me -- Daddy. It is a vivid and wonderful memory -- thanks for stirring it up.

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Awww! What fun. There is nothing better than hearing them say gramma, except I love you gramma :oD That's the best!

    February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

    What fun! And your little one is riding SOOOO GOOD! Very cool!

    We used to have a park close enough to have the grandkids walk to and that was great. Now, we have sidewalks and quiet streets and they enjoy riding with grandma jog-trotting behind (the older they get, the further behind I get :) ). It's definitely grand fun!

    February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Swain

    How wonderful that you had the opportunity to watch Buddy achieve another milestone.

    My father taught me to ride on our front lawn. Now can't ride a bike to save myself.

    February 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSally Kabak
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