When I was about 11 years old, I made a friend named Tony. I had recently recieved a Schwinn 10-speed for Christmas and he loved to ride bikes also. I remember hopping on my bike, riding from my house to his house and going off on a adventure.
We would ride all over our city without helmets, hair blowing in the wind and seeing the sights. We would ride miles and miles together. I loved the freedom my bike gave me to see the world around me. I loved that Schwinn, I wish I still owned it. What a great bike that was and what adventures I had on it.
As a parent, I can't imagine letting Elizabeth go wander around our town on a bike. I think back, that was the days before cell phones and I was often gone for hours. The world was a different place back then and life was a lot simpler. I really would never let my kids ride off alone so we ride together.
We often get up early to get the schoolwork done before lunch., After lunch, we hop on the bikes and go on adventures together. We love riding in the sun with the wind blowing, often our view is the mountains on the top of the page. I love being able to share that experience with them while making memories together.
Being a short mom, my kids are about my height right now. It's nice that our abilities and statures are about the same. We keep up with each other very easily. Elizabeth isn't a fan of pro-cycling like Conner and I are. Even she loves her bike named "Clare" and riding the vast expanse.
I often get asked the question, "Do you ever want a break from the kids?" and that answer is sometimes I do need a break. Every mom needs a break sometimes. I do love spending every minute I can with them and enjoying our time together. Someday, not so very far off, they will be busy with their own lives and grown. I would rather spend every minute I can with them before that time. Someday, I will have plenty of time to myself and will miss these days.
So for now, we are riding buddies exploring together. What a precious gift to share with each other.