as what is becoming a tradition every year, we plan our summer vacation during doug’s regularly schedule 7 days off between his 24 shifts at his fire station. until he gains more seniority we most likely won’t be seeing his vacation time in the summer months. so for now, we will continue planning our small vacation get-away between the last 7 stretch of days he has off (friday to thursday).
this year, we went to awenda provincial park for a 4 night camping trip. we lucked out on beautiful weather, aside from one night of thunderstorm, which started after we went to bed and ended before we got up. the pitter-patter of rain hitting our trailer actually gave me the best deep sleep i’ve had in months.
as always, it was too short. i wished we had a full week up there – it was just such a beautiful place to be.
in fact, we tried and tried to help her last summer and beginning of this spring. most times, nothing really resulted aside from frustrations (on both our parts) and tears.
just two weeks ago, actually, she fell, with bike, on her side after doug tried to help her learn how to ride.
while at our campsite, just an hour and a half away from dinner time, she got it! chaeli used the slight slope along the dirk road to allow gravity to do it’s work while she learned, first, to just go down the small decent while practicing balancing (her feet were off the pedals and close to the ground ready to touch down when she needed to.) every now and then, doug and i would quietly glance over (making sure she did not see us because she really wanted to be left alone to figure it all out) and i would hear doug chanting, “come on… you alwost have it… just a little bit more…”
soon enough, she started to peddle. first just a few rotations, then peddling non-stop all the way down the road. the lady across from us saw and clapped – it was pretty clear what chaeli had accomplished.
my mother-in-law kept on insisting to doug that we need to hold on to the back to make it happen. i had told doug months ago, “no… not always. the only way i learned was when everyone stopped trying to help and just let me be.” apparently, the apple does not fall to far from the tree.
i beamed with pride. not just about chaeli’s success… but that she is very much like me when it comes to learning something new. just leave us be – give us space – and we’ll catch on.
here’s a video of her riding just 15 minutes after mastering both feet on the pedals: