New wheels for this kid today. Now I have almost no hope of keeping up with her!

This is her first bike with hand brakes and shifter. She was a bit worried to give it a go at first. But five or six runs up and down the street cured her of any hesitations she might have had. Here’s what she had to say about it all:

I didn’t know if I was ready to try it, Mama. I thought I might just like to ride my old bike for a while until I got brave enough to ride the new one. But then I tried it and everything was easier than I thought. I was so worried about changing the gears but it was just like you said, a little ker-chunk and then it was fine. I’m so glad I gave it a try!

I love moments like this. Moments when she articulates what she is thinking and I can see the whole process working itself out. Moments when she actively recognizes her train of thought and can see herself making progress. Amazing!

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