A unique first ride

-Do you think it’s a good idea, Ron?

-Why not, Lisa? We will make her happy

-I still think it’s dangerous.

-We will be around and make sure nothing happens to her. Besides, it’s what she wants; we are making her dreams come true.

-Some dreams are impossible to fulfill.

-Not this one.

-What will happen when we won’t be around?

-Look: we are doing everything in our power to grow her as an independent woman no matter what. This is a little step. What do you say.

-OK. Let’s do it.

Ron and Lisa stepped into the sports store and bought a little bicycle for her daughter Laurie on her seventh birthday.

The girl almost cried joyfully when they arrived home with the enormous package. She stroked the handlebars and wheels.

-Can I go out for a ride? Please, please, please!

-Of course, said her parents at unison.

The three of them when to the park. Ron helped her little girl onto the bike and put his feet on the pedals while he explained to her what to do to go straight ahead. Then, he pushed her from behind so she could begin pedal and go ahead under her watchful look. Lisa was more concerned, and she couldn’t help herself and grabbed the handlebar to guide her blind child on the first bike ride of her life.

Laurie learned fast, and even her mom had to let her go. Her parents have picked a path without obstacles and were there observing. She knew she had to stop when she heard the bell of his father.

Meanwhile, with the breeze on her face and the sense of speed, all alone, she felt a freedom she had never experienced before.

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Author: Olga Brajnović

Journalist and writer. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Author of a biography. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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