No stabilisers

Robin

A morning of extreme ups and downs. Excitement at getting ready for his first session of under 5s football practice (Gimme 5). Upset at finding when we arrived that it had been cancelled – Robin sobbed in his car seat, “I want football practice”. Joy at riding, at the very first attempt, without stabilisers across the field at the park and around the bandstand. Outrage that we insisted the stabilisers go back on his bike for the ride along pavements back home.

Gabe

Gabe played cricket with me in the back garden. He bowled a full length and good line; played some orthodox strokes and tried hard to catch despite the stinging ball. Throughout, not just between balls, shots and catches, but while they happened, he chatted – evaluating what he had just done, asking questions, drawing conclusions.

Eliza

At the playground, Eliza clung tenaciously to bars, ropes and the climbing wall. She swung and climbed, challenging herself, using her strong shoulders and arms to pitch about her tiny frame.

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