If you want to see two “firsts” since I had my surgeries then keep on reading.
1. I started my first gasoline engine using my right arm and hand today (post surgeries). Normally Benj (15) mows the lawn, but on this beautiful Saturday morning I did it. One pull and the Toro lawnmower was roaring.
2. Later, on this same beautiful day, I hopped onto a bike for the first time since I had my surgeries. I had to dust off my old bike helmet that I haven’t worn in years, for I have to be somewhat cautious now while I’m still on blood thinners. Jared nearly jumped right off of his battery powered 4-wheeler that tops out at 1 or 2 mph. and said, “I want to go on a bike ride too.”
So we began our ride on sidewalks only, Jared on his little bike with training wheels. Gabbie and Elisabeth joined in as well. Uh, I think I overestimated my ability to ride a bike. Muscle coordination is still an issue with me…but then how am I supposed to learn to ride a bike again unless I just do it?
Anyway I made it to the corner (in front of our house) 1oo feet I suppose, and then I suddenly, and indelicately, fell over. Simple as that. Just fell over into the grass. I quickly looked around me to see if anyone had seen me fall. Jared stopped, looked at me, and then rode on.
Well, I got back on that bike and rode four whole blocks. Upon arriving at home Karla noticed the grass all over my back. I wasn’t necessarily planning on telling Karla what had happened, but since she found out anyway, I had her ask Jared what had happened to his daddy. His response was “Oh, dad was pretending. I told him just keep trying.” Dad was not pretending.