New Blue

At what point does your youngest, your baby, become all grown up?

Because I think that just happened to me. I have this odd feeling of getting caught between a semi and a solid granite cliff-face.

I thought it was pretty scary to take him with me on those long gallops through the woods, and even a little scarier when we started mounted shooting.

But this is a whole 'nuther level.

- it showed up while I was gone to a shooting competition last weekend.

... I left for Ardmore early Saturday morning, they left for Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon. I got in Sunday evening and left for San Jose Monday afternoon. They got in late Monday evening and I didn't get home until very late on Friday night.

so it was yesterday before I got a chance to do more than stare dumbfounded at the thing.

It's just on loan right now, just here for us to try it out. Riiiiiiiiiight.

But the kid is smart.
He let me take it for a spin.
And it's fun.
Dangerous as hell if you forget "DON'T PANIC". But it's really pretty easy to handle and even thought it was the first time I've been on a bike in about 20 years, I was still able to recover from a couple of wobbly moments and some unplanned instances of speed without any real trouble. So, yeah, there's really no chance that it's not staying, but he's had a go-kart for about a year now and done well with that, been reasonaby safe with it and taken care of it, so hopefully this will be a good sport for him to get into.


Leah Braemel said...


Awww, he got a baby bike. You know where it'll lead, don't you? I can see the questions starting when he's old enough to get his licence - But Mo-o-m, I want a REAL bike I can take on the road. A Harley or a Ducati.

Ain't motherhood full of surprises?

(And I have to admit, I'm jealous that you got to ride it. As much as I deny it, I'm sort of curious about Guitar Hero's bike and what it would be like to ride. Yeah yeah, I can imagine receiving a helmet as a Christmas present. Or maybe a birthday present.)

Aelfleah Farm said...

Try to think of it this way... This new family addition doesn't need to be fed, watered, hay-ed, or taken to the vet on a regular basis!

Cathy said...

LOL.... my son's little dirtbike came in real handy for desensitizing the horses.

Becky Burkheart said...

Cathy! That's true. We've had a go-kart for awhile and the horses do amazingly well with it, but the bike is still enough different we have a couple that are still snorty.

On today's multiuse trails, that's probably an excellent training exercise.

Becky Burkheart said...

HAHA Aelfleah!

Given the price of gas and medical bills these days, I'm not sure your arguement is valid, but at least they can park it if they need to between paychecks. Horses just keep eating.

Val said...

Zach's gonna have to be satisfied w/his go-kart & mini-4-wheeler for a little bit longer ;-)!
[But hell I had a dirt bike when I was 10 - unfortunately my dad is the one who scraped himself up on it & my mom demanded its early retirement!]

K.M. Saint James said...

You, dear, are braver than I. Of course, I've never ridden a bike -- except from the tail end, and that doesn't really count.

I'd need to hold my breath a lot, make sure my insurance was paid up, send his father out to watch over him and learn to ignore my fears like every other scary thing they try.

I'll be sending positive vibes your way.