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Make time for ‘whee’ moments

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Make time for ‘whee’ moments

Clay Neely is co-publisher and managing editor of The Newnan Occasions-Herald. He may be reached at clay@newnan.com

If there’s a silver lining to this COVID stuff, it must be discovered with the resurgence of children getting on bikes.

When the world regarded prefer it was staying residence, we feared it could make youngsters much more depending on smartphones, tablets and expertise.

However final spring, bike outlets throughout the nation discovered their stock decimated by the surge of fogeys and youngsters searching for some good, quaint enjoyable whereas surrounded with all of the doom and gloom.

Perhaps it’s as a result of bicycles are synonymous with independence and youngsters are craving for that feeling of freedom greater than ever.

Years in the past, driving bikes was merely how youngsters received round. Mother and father didn’t drive their youngsters to a buddy’s home a mile away to play. In case you needed to go someplace, you rode your bike.

I do know issues are completely different now and lots of really feel the world is a bit more harmful and scary, however truthfully, I’m far more nervous about somebody checking their Instagram whereas driving than some creep in a van.

This spring, my son turned comfy driving to downtown Newnan from our home a couple of miles away.

We taught him the roads to keep away from and he all the time tell us when he’d reached his vacation spot. It was nice to see him driving round city with associates, going to have lunch at a park, and even trying a meals courier enterprise.

A couple of weeks in the past, a consultant from Protected Routes to Faculty got here to Newnan to guage choices across the metropolis in an effort to make it a safer place for riders and pedestrians.

Seems the town is listening and is contemplating a few of these choices, together with making Wesley Avenue a one-way, westbound. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see what else comes up subsequent.

Out within the county, increasingly individuals are discovering the enjoyment of driving bikes at Brown’s Mill. Our county now fields a mountain bike driving workforce of 30 youngsters between center and highschool age who compete across the state. They make the most of Brown’s Mill for apply.

The primary time I took my 6-year-old daughter mountain biking, it was a short journey. She was interested in the place I prefer to go along with my bike, so we loaded up her Anna and Elsa Huffy bicycle and headed out to the paths.

On her preliminary descent, she crashed however received again up once more. A couple of hundred yards later, one other spill. Nothing too critical, however as an grownup, you need to surprise what’s going via their thoughts at that age. Is that this expertise one thing she’s going to relive to her shrink in 20 years?

At some stage in the trip, she expressed herself freely, saying issues like, “That is loopy,” or, “Are you making an attempt to kill me?” We rode for a few mile on the path earlier than she was able to name it a day. Driving residence, I listened to her replay a blow-by-blow of the madness she simply endured.

On the finish of all of it, she requested, “Can we do it once more?”

That made me really feel a little bit higher.

We’ve continued to trip collectively on the paths, and one factor I’ve noticed is the way it’s simpler to trip in entrance, relatively than watch her navigate these roots, rocks and downhill dips.

It retains me from holding my breath and providing infinite recommendation about one thing she simply has to expertise for herself.

It additionally reinforces my religion in her capacity to not solely trip however to fall and get again up once more.

On the coronary heart of all of it, it’s my sworn obligation as a father to listen to my youngsters say “whee” as a lot as I can earlier than they’re grown. Due to Brown’s Mill, I’ve a pipeline for these moments.

And all of us want a little bit extra “whee” in our lives.

Clay Neely is co-publisher and managing editor of The Newnan Occasions-Herald. He may be reached at clay@newnan.com

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