12 minute mile.
Lately my oldest daughter has spent most of her free time riding her bike. She learned to ride this summer and it has become one of her favorite things. It was great at first because she needed me walking next to her, guiding her, and training her. Even when she learned to ride she was going slow enough for her mom and I to walk close behind. But now she can fly. She wanted to ride fast and we couldn’t keep up. I started looking for a bike to ride with her. I hadn’t found one yet and she wanted to ride, explore the neighborhood, and feel that wind against her face. A couple of days ago she asked to ride through the neighborhood. We started off slow. Then, after we slowly passed a few houses, I stopped, looked at her and told her to wait, that I would be right back. I went into the house, grabbed my running shoes, and came jogging back to her. Sunnie asked what I was doing and I told her, “now you can ride as fast as you want. I’ll run next to you.”. I spent the next 12 minutes running the slowest mile of my life, but it was the best mile of my life because it was with someone I love dearly. As we rode she laughed, ran over me twice, learned how dangerous traffic was, started to jump little bumps with her bike, and realized how far she could go….
Sometimes those we love need us to find creative ways to unleash their journey. Maybe they need freed by the words, “now you can ride as fast as you want. I’ll run next to you.”