Big news in our house…we finally broke down and bought Jack a scooter! It’s lime green…like his bike…and his shoes. I’m sure many wonder what the big deal is and why we just now succumbed to the peer pressure. Well, if I’m being honest (and I’m speaking for me only), I’m so afraid that Jack has inherited my klutz gene and worry that he’ll spend more time falling off the scooter than actually on it.
Let’s face it…riding on the sidewalks of New York City is on a whole different stratosphere than riding on the neighborhood streets of Houston, Texas. And if you ever saw me on a skateboard (I don’t even think they had scooters back in the olden days?), or roller blades, you’d understand my fear. With the exception of one big wipeout on the second day of riding where he hit a big bump on the sidewalk (it may as well been a crater!), and his unwillingness to go downhill at first because it was too fast (he got over that quickly), I’m happy to report my worries were for not as Jack mastered the contraption with ease…and did it in less than a week!
Scooter riding in New York City is a big deal and there are just as many adults getting in on the action as kids. Some parents even get their kids up on these 2 and 3-wheelers as young as two years old. It’s so popular that Jack’s school actually has “scooter” parking…right next to the strollers. Watching little kids dart in and around sidewalk traffic can be a bit overwhelming and nerve-wracking because they haven’t yet learned that the pedestrians have the ride away and they need to go around them. Heck, some adults haven’t learned that yet either. It’s kind of like driving a car in Manhattan…you have to be super defensive and assume pedestrians will dart in front of you at any turn.
So now that Jack has perfected his riding and is now doing tricks with his 3-wheel, Maxi Kick scooter, he’s informed me he wants to move on to the 2-wheel Razor that goes, “super fast!” Slow down buddy…it’s only been a few weeks and my hair color appointment isn’t until next month! Imagine our conversations when he starts to drive. Sigh.