"I want to learn to ride my bike today," she said as we were enjoying Saturday's gorgeous weather.
"Well, Dad will be home in a little bit." The Biking Riding Project has been more of Jason's thing than mine. But Grandma Nancy was quick to capitalize on Sydney's idea, always the best route to take with sometimes fickle 5 year olds.
"All right! Let's go!" said my mom, and Sydney ran to the house to get her bike helmet as Grandma Nancy took the training wheels off.
I ran to the house to grab my camera, thinking this day--one of glorious sunshine and spring magic in the air--might be the day for a photo moment.
By the time I got outside--a mere 30 seconds after Sydney--she had done it.
I think she might have been secretly practicing without us, and then secretly putting the training wheels back on before we caught on. She was a rock star.
All she needed was a little push from Grandma, and away she went, peddling furiously on the undersized hand-me-down bike that we have been reluctant to replace on account of her having no ambition to learn to really ride a bike. This lack of ambition has been perhaps a bit of a sore spot for her athletic coaching dad. There's no crying in baseball, am I right?
Ambition, meet Sydney. Sydney, meet Ambition. No tears.
She paused long enough from zooming up and down the driveway to instruct me to take a picture of her next to her bike without training wheels.
It was a scream happy day, and one for the imaginary book that keeps track of milestones.
Sydney's delight was enough to inspire her cousin Amanda to try out bike riding sans training wheels, and Grandma (Great-Aunt Nancy to Amanda) was 2 for 2 in teaching bike riding skills.
Sydney cheered Amanda on, and eventually they were riding all over the place: up and down the driveways to show everyone their new trick. Lots of cheering from everyone here on the Family Farm.
I couldn't be prouder. Sydney isn't always very adventurous, but there was something about Saturday that inspired her. She just needed a little push, and away she went, discovering the sheer joy in peddling from here to there. Sometimes that's all any of us need. A little push, and away we go.
I managed to capture a few seconds of her adventure. Someday, when she and her daddy bike across the country, she can point to the day that her feet and her balance learned to work together.♥
Video: 45 seconds.