It was the proudest cycling moment I’ve ever had,
and it didn’t even involve my bike.
The day was April 22, 2010…
the moment you became a cyclist.

You are only 4 years old,
and already part of a magnificent community.
A population of riders who’s lives are better,
because they ride a bike

Is this the start of a Tour de France champion,
a car-less commuter,
or recreational mountain biker?
Whether you keep with cycling or not,
you know I’ll Love you just the same.

As you sat on the bike saying, “I can do it”,
I just knew that you would soar.
I am so excited for you,
and as I sit here looking at the photos and videos…
I can’t help but let a tear roll down.

My little boy is riding a bike.
Freedom, Fitness, and Fascination await.
I am so incredibly proud of you, Indie.
I Love You so very much.

Enjoy Your Ride


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8 Responses to “ Indie ”

  1. Andrew on April 27, 2010 at 8:37 am

    That is so cool!

    I remember my first time riding a bike with and without training wheels. It was a yellow bike from the neighbors. I even remember my PlaySkool Tyke Bike with the mini-ape hangers, plastic fox tails, and wooden seat with leopard spots painted on.

    This is a big day.

  2. VitaminLee on April 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    This is so sweet D – a totally awesome moment. I’ll remind you of it when you’re 80. Just can’t wrap my brain around Indie being 4 already.

  3. AmieReilly on April 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    This is lovely. Congrats to you both.

    • Darryl on April 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you Amie. We appreciate it.

  4. Anita on April 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Wonderful words portraying a physical and emotional moment! Thank you so much for sharing it. Allez Indie! Chapeau!

    • Darryl on April 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      What kind words…..Thank You Anita.

  5. Myrna CG Mibus on April 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    A lovely poem for a lovely moment in time. Brings tears to my eyes remembering Rose and Ryan’s first rides and because you shared your moment in time with us. Thank you.

    • Darryl on April 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Myrna,

      It is a very big thing in a child’s life to learn to ride a bike….and also a huge one for the parents. When the parent is a cyclist it’s even bigger. I’m still so excited and proud of him.

      Thanks again for leaving your comments.


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