Maggie has always been a pretty cautious kid. When she was a toddler, it was something we were actually happy about… though I don’t think we truly appreciated it as much as we should have. Of course, we KNOW THIS NOW because now we have Audrey Queen Of Leaping Off High Things With Abandon And Loving It and you know, it would be nice if she had an OUNCE of the cautiousness that Maggie had. To save us from the daily heart attacks.
But as Maggie got a little older, the characteristic that had become a comfort for us turned into FEAR for her. She became afraid of dogs, of rides at amusement parks, of swimming, of her tricycle… We’ve been careful not to push her too much if she seems genuinely scared of something, but there have been times when we’ve ended up frustrated because we felt like she was missing out on fun things and we didn’t want that for her.
Last summer it got to a point where she didn’t even want to ride her tricycle. She would get on, ride it a little bit, then get off and say it was “too wild”. And forget the scooter (WITH PRINCESSES ON IT!) she got for Christmas last year- she wouldn’t even look at it. Not even when I tried it out for her and looked like a total idiot for my kid in my driveway and made it look SUPER FUN! The scooter was No Good.
Well… apparently we’re past all that.
Not only did she try it out, she LOVED it and she was instantly flying around the driveway, riding it for REAL. SAYING “WHEEEEEEE!!!!”
And that tricycle? She is suddenly way too big for it.
Looks like we’ll be Big Girl Bike shopping in the next few weeks for her birthday present.