Jonathan turned fourteen in May.
For the last few years, it has become a tradition for he and David to make a day of it....an adventure of some kind. This year, they planned to go on an all day bike ride. I say all day because that is how long it takes to ride your bike from a house in the suburbs to Panther Stadium. Yep! Some 30 miles round trip to the center of uptown and back.
I was nervous. We bought a new bike helmet. I monitored the route to check for sidewalks and intersections that might be dangerous. I had worked the night before, so I was supposed to be sleeping all day. I made them text me every hour so that when I woke up worried, I could check in. They were sweet to send me photos and texts throughout the trip.
They left at 8:00 am and made it back by 3:00 pm. They both walked a little funny for a few hours. They were so proud of their accomplishment. Jonathan said, "That was the hardest, but most fun thing I've ever done!"
To do something that some would say couldn't be done always feels great!
When Jonathan told his sister what he did, she said, "Why?"
He knew why. He wanted an adventure. Not just a day of mountain biking at the local park or a day to spend at Carowinds, but a real adventure that takes courage and stamina and a sense of pride in accomplishing a hard goal.
I am proud of both of them. I know this is a memory that will last a lifetime.
Fourteen is a year for grown up boys to share together. Jonathan is growing up well.
We are blessed.
Linking up here with Ms Jenny for another week of alphabe-Thursday!