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Find time for ‘whee’ moments

Clay Neely is co-publisher and managing editor of The Newnan Instances-Herald. He may be reached at clay@newnan.com

If there’s a silver lining to this COVID stuff, it needs to be discovered with the resurgence of children getting on bikes.

When the world seemed prefer it was staying house, we feared it might make youngsters much more depending on smartphones, tablets and expertise.

However final spring, bike retailers throughout the nation discovered their stock decimated by the surge of oldsters and youngsters on the lookout for some good, quaint enjoyable whereas surrounded with all of the doom and gloom.

Possibly it’s as a result of bicycles are synonymous with independence and youngsters are craving for that feeling of freedom greater than ever.

Years in the past, using bikes was merely how youngsters received round. Dad and mom didn’t drive their youngsters to a pal’s home a mile away to play. If you happen to needed to go someplace, you rode your bike.

I do know issues are completely different now and plenty of really feel the world is a bit more harmful and scary, however truthfully, I’m rather more anxious about somebody checking their Instagram whereas driving than some creep in a van.

This spring, my son turned snug using to downtown Newnan from our home a number of miles away.

We taught him the roads to keep away from and he at all times tell us when he’d reached his vacation spot. It was nice to see him using round city with mates, going to have lunch at a park, and even trying a meals courier enterprise.

Just a few weeks in the past, a consultant from Protected Routes to Faculty got here to Newnan to guage choices across the metropolis in an effort to make it a safer place for riders and pedestrians.

Seems the town is listening and is contemplating a few of these choices, together with making Wesley Road a one-way, westbound. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see what else comes up subsequent.

Out within the county, increasingly more persons are discovering the enjoyment of using bikes at Brown’s Mill. Our county now fields a mountain bike using workforce of 30 youngsters between center and highschool age who compete across the state. They make the most of Brown’s Mill for follow.

The primary time I took my 6-year-old daughter mountain biking, it was a quick journey. She was interested by the place I wish to go together with my bike, so we loaded up her Anna and Elsa Huffy bicycle and headed out to the paths.

On her preliminary descent, she crashed however received again up once more. Just a few hundred yards later, one other spill. Nothing too critical, however as an grownup, you need to marvel what’s going by means of their thoughts at that age. Is that this expertise one thing she’s going to relive to her shrink in 20 years?

At some stage in the trip, she expressed herself freely, saying issues like, “That is loopy,” or, “Are you attempting to kill me?” We rode for a few mile on the path earlier than she was able to name it a day. Driving house, I listened to her replay a blow-by-blow of the madness she simply endured.

On the finish of all of it, she requested, “Can we do it once more?”

That made me really feel just a little higher.

We’ve continued to trip collectively on the paths, and one factor I’ve noticed is the way it’s simpler to trip in entrance, moderately than watch her navigate these roots, rocks and downhill dips.

It retains me from holding my breath and providing infinite recommendation about one thing she simply has to expertise for herself.

It additionally reinforces my religion in her capacity to not solely trip however to fall and get again up once more.

On the coronary heart of all of it, it’s my sworn responsibility as a father to listen to my youngsters say “whee” as a lot as I can earlier than they’re grown. Because of Brown’s Mill, I’ve a pipeline for these moments.

And all of us want just a little extra “whee” in our lives.

Clay Neely is co-publisher and managing editor of The Newnan Instances-Herald. He may be reached at clay@newnan.com

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