Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Independence day has come early

Carter's bike has had a flat tire since last fall. He didn't seem to care about getting it fixed. He would ride his brother's bike or his scooter.

The tire was fixed on Monday.

His friend rode his bike over on Tuesday. The two of them rode 2.5 miles back to the friend's house for a sleepover.

"Call me when you get there," I say as I watch my baby ride off. He has his own wheels now. He has some independence.

Although at times he lacks the responsibility character trait. I call the friend's house 45 minutes later, "Did they get there? Can I talk to Carter?" I lay on the guilt trip, even though I know he just forgot to call.

This afternoon he rode home, by himself, on wet roads, got splashed, and had a ball.

He rode to the library to sign up for summer reading, decided the line was too long, checked out some books and was back 1/2 hour later.

After dinner he decided we needed ice cream for dessert. He rode to the supermarket with his backpack and his own $15 and bought 2 containers of ice cream and chocolate sauce.

He will be headed off to middle school in the fall. I know he is growing up and needs some independence. I just didn't imagine this day would come so soon.

Wasn't it just last week he was shooting green food coloring in his mouth because he thought it would be sweet and tasty? Oh yes, that was just last week.


Michele Renee said...

I wrote a similar post the other day about mine riding their bikes and being independent. I worry but it's good to have them having some old fashioned summer fun. Are you in Colorado? I head off to Estes Park tomorrow to join the family who's been on a road trip from GA to CO.

darlene said...

American Flag Cake is a great dessert for 4th July. I have read on Project Weight Loss the recipe. My kids appreciated it. It feels good when your family says you're a great chef. It isn't a hard recipe, but that will be my secret.

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

How sweet of Carter to pick up some ice cream with the fam!

Kristen said...

I love the green tongue, that is so funny!

MeKimka said...

How did you do that? He just went? It's a big day for you too. Give yourself some credit.

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Laural Out Loud said...

My daughter is Miss Independent (already won't let me go into public restrooms with her- I have to stand outside the main door), and I love it. But I wish the world was a safer place for her to be so independent in. At least, in the city where I live. I hope by the time she's as old as Carter, I can cut the strings and let her have some fun. She'd get a kick out of buying ice cream for the fam!

Kristen said...

Laura I miss you. Hope your summer is great!