This past Saturday my biking motivation was in the toilet. I had a terrible cold that left me feeling a tad lethargic, plus Tim was out of town and I was flying solo with the kids. I tapped all of my energy pedaling both kids to a soccer game in the morning. So, when it was time to go out again in the afternoon, I heard the car calling my name and begging me to take it for a short drive. I convinced myself that I could justify a trip in the car to pick up a birthday gift at our local bookstore and then drop the seven-year-old at the party. At least I was combining trips.
I had all of the excuses covered.
As we were walking out the door, I said, “Let’s go get in the car, kids” To my surprise, the seven–year–old protested said trip: “we’re not driving, I hate cars, let’s take the Xtracycle”.
How could I say no to that?
I grabbed our hats, mittens and warmer coats, got the bike out of the garage, loaded the kids on the Snapdeck and away we pedaled. The kids didn’t even fight about who got to sit in the front. We enjoyed the ride, taking in the crisp fall air, and savored the kind of Seattle fall day that makes nine-months of rain a little bit more bearable.
Half way to our destination, I turned around and thanked my daughter for saving us from a stinky car trip.
Turns out, other kids feel the same way.
The combination of my daughter’s insistence on riding the Xtracycle and reading those handmade posters promoting bike infrastructure and denouncing the automobile, gives me a little bit of hope for our future generation.