But you are witnessing a minor miracle here. A day, ten-ish years in the making - all three kids riding bikes. We aim high here at LUTBT.
As you know, Doug and Nancy made this possible. But once we had three kids able to ride, but only two bikes, all they wanted to do was ride. Naturally, all at the same time. These children, the ones terminally afraid of the not-indoors, were practically clawing each other's eyes out for a turn o the bike. Having tired of mediating yet another cycle related incident, I decided it was high time to get Morrigan a bike of her own, an action sure to bring all bike riding to a screeching halt.
We decided to play hooky from tae kwon do and seek out a bike. But first, Maggie was in desperate need of a new swim suit and goggles now that swim team is ramping up. The other two had some goggles with age so we went crazy and got everyone a new pair. $150 later, we were off to Wal-Mart for a bike.
[Biker friends: Don't Want To Hear It. We are in the market for a low end, flat land cruiser. No, stop it. I don't want to hear it.]
Sam Walton seemed to be providing us with any number of completely suitable bikes. Personally, I liked the old lady looking ones with the big seats that were a basket away from being in the Wizard of Oz. But do remember, we were shopping for Morrigan, who declared all the bikes unsuitable in short order.
That bike? I don't like purple. (Or black or green or blue or red.)
This bike? Those handle bars look like bull horns.
And so on. We left empty handed. I was on the verge of giving up but the kids insisted Toy R Us, everyone's favorite store, had bikes. What the hell - we'll make one more stop.
Indeed, they had bikes and, shockingly, had one Morrigan immediately declared The One. Knowing nothing about bikes, I believe my last one was purchased circa 1985, I called an authority to back up my purchase, Hans.
Me: Hey Hans, I need your advice. Is $140 about right for a kids bike?
Hans: Yeah, sounds about right.
Me: Do you know how to put bikes together?
Hans: Welll, brakes are a bitch and it is kind of a pain in the ass. How much does assembly cost?
Hans: Oh it will cost you way more in beer than that if I am doing this. Does it have gears?
Hans: You should pay that $10. I'd like us to remain friends.
With that, we were off to the checkout, new pink bike and helmet in hand. I even managed to snake the assembled one so I didn't have to come back.
What followed at home was (relative) biking bliss.