Getting out into this big, beautiful world!
My November 25th blog was about my niece's family participating in our local Turkey Trot. I had remembered seeing a Facebook friend's posting about a bike ride she took with her husband and grandson over a charmingly lighted bridge. I asked her to contribute that experience to the theme I had going--grandparents getting out and exercising with their grandchildren. Alas, I caught her on a road trip to spend Thanksgiving with her family. But she didn't forget, and I found these charming pictures and the details in my mail today.
"My grandchildren are all in their late teens now. I am always on the lookout for activities that we can share and enjoy together. My youngest grandson lives on a mountain, and had never learned how to ride a bicycle. A couple of summers ago, we decided that bike-riding time had arrived! The learning process was somewhat painful and frustrating, so I promised him that when he could ride the bike, we would ride across the Trestle Bridge at night.
The day arrived. We packed drinks and snacks and traveled to Madrid, Iowa where the bridge is located. We rode across the bridge at dusk, and then had a little picnic as we watched the sunset. When night had fallen and the bridge was lit up, we rode back through this magical tunnel. He was so proud of his accomplishment, and the lights on the bridge just seemed to make it a grand celebration!"
I haven't forgot that challenge I issued on November 25th. Let's get out there and do something physical with our grands this holiday season: ice skating, a walk in the snow, bike rides, Jingle Bell Run, or a simple walk in the park.
Until next week. . .
Oh, and thank you, Judye for your contribution!
Retired school teacher and now full time grandmother sharing ideas and looking for new ones about grandparenting!