It is hard to imagine but about a week ago, the kids and I packed up all the bikes, brought our dinner to the park and had an incredible night. We had our pic nick, then we went off on our bikes. We first went to the skate park and the boys rode there bikes on all the cool hills. It was so great to see. My boys are surprisingly cautious when it comes to these things. (So fortunate that they got that from me, and didn't follow in there Fathers no fear footsteps!) But also on the other hand I want them to get out there and try things I would have been afraid to try. Anyway, Rodee especially stayed there forever. He tried one hill at a time. He slowly built up to more and more! It was so cool. I could see the confidence growing in his face. It was amazing. I loved it. It did make me nervous when I saw a kid who told me all about how he broke his arm, learning how, and his mom just now let him come back!! But I shook it off! They are kids. I need to let them have fun. In our world I think this is as safe as it gets! Speaking of that though, I feel a rant coming on... hee hee.. bear with me... but this poor kid had just turned 10 himself. No parent in site. In fact in the whole skate park, there were probly 30 kids and I was the only adult, besides I guess the few maybe 18 year old kids skating around. I really felt sad for most of these kids. On one had I was amazed, I loved the true talent I was witnessing in some of these kids. It was amazing, but I also just couldn't help but worry about the danger of them being there. Not the skating. Broken bones heal. But the danger of just so much time alone. So much time without guidance and love. Many of them seemed really attached to older skaters. I can only pray that they are adopted big brothers that will help them, but something tells me that probly isn't the case. Anyway, just sad. I love boys. I know that is why I have three. I just feel so passionate about all these lost young men in our world. If someone doesn't help them, guide them, direct them in a good path. Help them see how talented and wonderful they could be then we just have a bunch more loser sperm donors that neglect there girlfriends and could be families. We so need good, righteous men in our world, and I believe there are so many out there that could be with the right guidance.
Ok, I digress. We left the skate park eventually and then rode the trail for almost a mile!! Poor Lighting was on his big wheel the whole time! The little trooper never complained! (We have since gotten him his own bike that he is so excited about!)
After we rode the bikes the mile back, we parked them and played at the park for a while. Then we played soccer until it got dark. We didn't leave the park until 10:30!! It was such a fun night. The only thing missing was daddy!