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Logan’s Simple Equation

November 11, 2010

My son Logan learned how to ride a bicycle last summer without the use of training wheels. Like most five year olds, he started out pretty wobbly when riding and had a hard time turning but the more he rode the better he became. This summer, Logan rode his bike around the resort like he had been riding a bicycle since the day he was born. He could ride his bike from 7am until 10pm like it was nothing and never skipped a beat. Once he got on his bike I knew I wasn’t going to see him until he got hungry and like most six year olds, he can go a long time without eating.

I think it’s fair to say that ALL kids unknowingly create a simple equation for themselves after learning to ride a bicycle.

Learning to ride a bicycle + Gaining confidence on the bicycle = Doing something stupid and having an accident

Example 1: Kid learns to ride a bicycle on his/her own + kid gains confidence on bicycle over time = Kid builds ramp out of wood and bricks…..wood breaks or bricks move…..kid flies off front of bike and needs ride to emergency room.

Example 2: Kid learns to ride a bicycle on his/her own + kid gains confidence on bicycle over time = Kid does the old “look mom no hands” trick and face plants into a parked Buick…..kid needs ride to emergency room.

Sound familiar? I thought so!

One morning this past summer, Logan and I walked out of the camper wondering what we would do that day. He quickly informed me of all the plans he and his friends made the day before so I was on my own. I took a seat at the picnic table and watched him jump on his bike, turn his handle bars TOTALLY around and start to pedal away. “WAIT” I shouted after seeing him turn his handle bars around. He stopped and gave me a look as if to say “I have no time for this dad. I have places to go and people to see.” “Turn your handle bars around son, your going to have an accident” I advised. “I do this all the time dad, I’ll be fine” he insisted. I gave him one last piece of advice before he left hoping he would heed my warning, “Logan, you better listen to me and turn those handle bars around”. He just looked at me and peddled away with his handle bars totally turned around the wrong way.

Right after Logan rode out of sight, my next door neighbor George took off in the same direction on his golf cart. We waved to one another and wished each other a good morning. I picked up my coffee cup and started sipping my coffee and reached for a smoke. I lit my cig and started hearing a child’s cry getting closer and closer to me. The next thing I know, George pulls up with a scared, blood covered and crying Logan. His face was almost totally covered in blood!

I ran over to the golf cart, grabbed Logan off the cart and saw my buddy Billy out of the corner of my eye. George said he fell of his bike and he was going to go get his bike and bring it back to the camper. I thanked him and asked Billy to give us a ride to the hospital. We hopped into Billy’s truck and I started cleaning him up as best I could with a hand towel Billy had in his truck so I could see just how bad he was hurt. On the way to the hospital, I got Logan calmed down enough to stop crying and before we knew it we arrived at the hospital.

Logan ended up looking like he went a few rounds with Mike Tyson but was in good spirits. He received six stitches above his lip and four on his forehead along with some other scrapes and a nice big fat lip. He, much like me must learn the hard way instead of listening to good ole dad. He now rides his bike with his handle bars turned the correct way. 🙂

28 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2010 2:18 AM

    OUCH!!! Poor kid. Just proves the old saying that there is no better teacher than experience.
    I don’t think I ever had a bike prang that did that much damage to myself.

    • November 11, 2010 2:16 PM

      Experience is the best teacher for sure. I can’t believe sometimes just how much he is like me. I ALWAYS had to find things our the HARD way. LOL

  2. November 11, 2010 6:12 AM

    Oh that’s sad . Kids should always listen to their parents advice because in my childhood I didn’t always paid attention to what my parents said and so I used to face many problems. As I grew old I understood they were and are always right. Logan will also think in the same way . I hope he gets well as soon as possible.

    • November 11, 2010 2:18 PM

      He is fine now and thanks Tasneem. I too reached a certain age and came to the conclusion that my parents actually DO know what they are talking about. 🙂

  3. Donna permalink
    November 11, 2010 7:04 AM

    I remember this day…it shook George (my father-in-law) up too. He was glad he was able to get Logan back to his dad. Yes, all kids need to learn the lesson….LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS!

    • November 11, 2010 2:19 PM

      BIG thanks to George! He was really great when this happened!

  4. istillfeelunusual permalink
    November 11, 2010 8:49 AM

    OMG! Poor wee lad!!

    BTW: I’ve moved. New URL:

    • November 11, 2010 2:20 PM

      Cool……I will update my link to you!! 🙂

  5. November 11, 2010 9:01 AM

    Poor little guy. Maybe he’ll listen to Dad’s warnings next time.
    Yep, I’ve done a header on my bike. Got a concussion and needed stitches.
    But, I’m really proud of Logan for abandoning the training wheels! Our 7 & 5 year olds still haven’t.

    • November 11, 2010 2:23 PM

      I hope so but probably not. Now that he is healed up nicely, he seems to be back to his old ways again. LOL

      Concussion? DAMN! You DID have a nasty fall then.

      He wanted his training wheels off last year because none of his friends had them. He was five last summer and was VERY determined to ride a two wheeler. 🙂

  6. November 11, 2010 9:41 AM

    Yep, did the whole riding with no hands trick and someone ended up making ground beef of my right ring finger after I fell off my bike. To this day my nail and finger are still deformed. You haven’t graduated childhood until you can show your stitch scars! Glad Logan wasn’t hurt more seriously. On the other hand, if Jean can survive a concusion and still be the intelligent sweet ass chick she is, there’s hope for us all!

  7. November 11, 2010 9:53 AM

    I remember those days… Look Mum, no hands, Look Mum no feet… Look Mum no teeth! I never did that much damage, but I did go through a phase of turning my handles around, over, under, etc. Nice to see that Logan is normal. Battle scars are normal. Not listening to Dad is normal. I bet the bike isn’t in the shed, that’s normal.


    • November 11, 2010 2:27 PM

      Nope, everything with Logan is totally back to normal. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by Argentum!!! 🙂

  8. November 11, 2010 8:16 PM

    Good grief! Poor guy…that has to smart something awful! But, as others before me have said, if he’s still alive, he’s probably learned something from that experience.

    • November 11, 2010 10:07 PM

      Hi Megan!! It’s been a while!!

      I hope he learned something. He’s a pretty smart cookie so I think he did. 🙂

  9. Cassandra permalink
    November 11, 2010 9:18 PM

    Oh WoW, Logan got really messed up, poor little guy! I am sure he will NEVER turn his handle bars around again!!

  10. Jewel permalink
    November 11, 2010 9:31 PM

    OMG I rememeber seeing him right after he did that! He looked HORRIBLE! Poor Logan. I’m glad he is better AND that he rides the correct way!

    • November 11, 2010 10:09 PM

      Me too! He has a couple scars now but I keep telling him that chicks will love that when he gets older. LOL

  11. November 11, 2010 9:41 PM

    Ouch is he ok? That’s possibly the worst place you could end up with a scar.

    • November 11, 2010 10:09 PM

      Hi James! It’s been a while!!

      Yes, he is fine thanks!

  12. November 12, 2010 8:43 AM

    I think Navar has a scar in the same place. Bikes are such a big deal to kids I’m sorry to hear he got hurt but I’m glad he’s better and hopfully the wiser. ;+)

  13. Tammy permalink
    November 14, 2010 11:00 AM

    Oh,no! Poor fella! Too bad the bike helmets do nothing for facial injuries. I hope he is healed up by now.

    • November 21, 2010 11:31 AM

      Oh yes, he is all healed up and riding like a pro again. Thanks Tammy!! 🙂

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