Yesterday afternoon we headed to a friend's house for their son's birthday party. We have been up to their house before and we know that the boys in that family are into dirt biking. We have chatted about it with them many times as there is a big group of families in our church that is really into dirt biking and they are one of those families. My hubby has always really been into the idea of trying dirt biking as it sounds like a blast to him, but my very conservative Buddy Bear was never really sure. He had decided maybe he would wait on the dirt bikes and just try out the 4-Wheeler. We kept telling Buddy maybe he should just consider it since all the other boys in the group we hang out with love dirt bikes so much. The other boys are always telling stories of the fun they have on their dirt bikes. Not that Buddy has to do what they do, but sometimes he misses out on the really fun stuff because he is SO conservative.
So yesterday we were getting ready to leave and our friend asked my hubby if he wanted to try out the small dirt bike they had. Hubby said sure as he has been wanting to try it out and our friend has been hanging on to the bike he tried because it is a good learning bike. Hubby had a lot of fun and Buddy Bear was watching him the whole time. The boys were chatting with Buddy and all of a sudden I heard him say, "Yeah, I want to try it." What? Is that my boy? The ultra conservative one? The one it took 2 full days to convince him to try a water slide on our cruise last year? Is this the same boy who told me earlier this year that he wouldn't try a dirt bike only a 4-Wheeler? Yep, that's my boy. Before I knew it the other boys were finding him a helmet and getting him into safety gear. He was ready and although I was nervous for him, I couldn't show it. I had to encourage him to try the dirt bikes he had previously said he would never try. He hopped on they showed him what to do and I could see him listening intently. I watched as he re-told our friend exactly how to use the bike. Then with his Daddy right by his side, Buddy Bear started the dirt bike and off he went. It was a matter of minutes until he had it all down and Daddy no longer had to run beside him. Buddy did fantastic! He was a natural and our friends offered to let us borrow their dirt bike so he could practice some more. Now my conservative Buddy Bear, is super excited about learning how to ride dirt bikes. He can't wait to finish school and start dirt biking. I couldn't be more excited that Buddy was being brave and conquered one of his fears. He stepped out of his comfort zone and it paid off for him. I'm shocked he tried something new so bravely, but he did it and we are proud parents.