In trying to spur the boys on to learn to ride their bikes without training wheels, I added an incentive–a new Lego set for the new riders. The twins especially were excited about the incentive, and immediately planned which set they were going to choose, however they didn’t ride their bikes any more and I forgot about it. A few days after Jack learned to ride, they remembered, and with the arrival of Jack’s new Legos the conversation of what they were going to pick when they learned resumed but still with an absence of bike riding. One morning at breakfast last week I suggested to Adam that maybe we should put an expiration date on the Lego offer. Their attention was immediately captured and they were demanding to know what an expiration date was. We explained the principle and determined they had until June to learn to ride without their training wheels to get the bonus of the Lego set. This expiration date apparently lit a fire under them, for as soon as breakfast was over, they were out in the driveway on their bikes. And both of them were successful in learning to ride before the day was out.
As proud as I am of their success and as fun as it was today to skate through the neighborhood accompanied by three boys on two-wheel bikes, the greatest joy came in Isaac’s report of the day’s events the night he learned to ride.
“Momma, do you know how I was able to learn to ride my bike so easily today?”
“Because Jack showed me how to do it and helped me learn to ride.”
And in the midst of competition over who has the most almonds or who gets to do what, the moments that this spirit of brotherly encouragement and cooperation manifests itself gladden my heart.