Where's Your Motivation?
He didn't start talking till way after the milestone "should have" been met. We were instructed to see a speech-therapist who met with us, made note in his records and said in a couple years he may need therapy. When words did start coming they flew... like wild-fire.
He just finished up kindergarten and his report card didn't speak much of academics but said he was a great friend. Conversations with the teacher throughout the year focused on how he spaced out quite a bit and top of the class? not by a long shot. But just in these last few weeks I have seen this spark; a need to learn, and to read.
So I wasn't very worried that at six-years old he still needed training wheels on his bike. We've tried throughout the summer but he just had no balance. At the same time I felt bad, because all of his neighbor friends were enjoying riding their bikes, racing, swerving, and carrying on, on our very quiet road. They were like a gaggle of boys laughing and having a great time. Except for *C*.
Yesterday morning I asked once again if he wanted to try his bike without his training wheels. He lit up. "SURE!" So I ran.
The minute I took my hand off his back he would tumble. I told him I KNEW he could do this. That he needed to keep peddling when I let go. The faster you go the easier it is. etc etc. But after about 30 minutes of running I needed to stop. For the first time though he wanted to leave the training wheels off. We made a pact that we would practice every day and that he would have it mastered before school started.
That night Hubs and I had some errands to run and so left *C* with his older teenage brother, *J*. We were gone for two hours and as I pulled into the driveway what did I see? Amongst that gaggle of boys was *C*. Riding his bike. "Mom!, Mom! I taught myself. I can ride in the road with everyone now." He did it. His motivation? Riding with his friends! I was so proud of him.
What is your motivation? What gets you through PCSs, deployments, just the military way of life? I love it when I can take simple life lessons from my own children and apply them to my every day life. I hope I never forget the importance of getting back on the bike, not relying on anyone else (there is a time and a place) and just DOING IT.
- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com