gazing from the shadows
Did it feel like this?
Summer 1979, I was 4 years old. I never used training wheels, just my parents jogging along side of me holding onto the back of my banana seat for stability.Sure, May 1X, 197Y.
Same here. I think the manufactured drama that's so pervasive on TV/media is changing the way people express themselves in normal life.but certainly nothing that warranted a speech. it was just one of many learning experiences during adolescence....
I remember some 35 years ago, the son of a friend was in the same situation, he had quickly mastered balancing on his bike at age 5, but his nervous-Norvis dad wouldn't let him remove the training wheels. So, every time I watched him, I bent his training wheels up just a little bit more, until eventually it was obvious that they were doing nothing at all. At age 6, he could keep up with me pretty well even on his 1-speed kid's bike.Sure, May 1X, 197Y. I remember the actual date because I got my first bike on my 5th birthday and my parents made me ride with training wheels for one full year, so I got them off the morning of my 6th birthday even though all of my friends had had theirs off for months (or even years). After riding with training wheels for so long, it was like flying. I rode down our shady elm-lined streets with an indescribable swooping feeling.
It was a good day, still vivid after 50-ish years.