Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Kayli's "Driving" Skills

Kayli has several “big wheels” that were given to her as either gifts or “hand-me-downs”for when the time was right. She also has a few “hand-me-down” tricycles. She has climbed onto these little vehicles many times but has never been able to reach the pedals. So, at Christmas time, Santa brought her a special tiny trike that adjusted to the tiniest tot. We were so excited! What we found, however, is that this tricycle is perfect in size but less like a trike and more like a bike with training wheels. The problem with this is that it tips easily, so after a few tips, Kayli was not interested in this toy anymore! So, we put it away and recently pulled it out. As this child doesn’t forget anything, she said she didn’t want to use the pedals “cuz I fall” So, I guess we need to donate this bike to the circus where they can train monkeys to ride and roll when it tips. The good news is that her feet now reach the pedals on the smallest big wheel we have. Woohoo. The bad news is that she just can’t seem to get the hang of the steering wheel. I have visions of her at 16, turning the steering wheel in the car back and forth and then cranking it to one side, steering the car up onto the grass as she does her big wheel. One thing she does seem to have established, though, is what kinds of things you say while driving. To my surprise, the other night while I was driving us home from somewhere, she suddenly yells “C’mon move it, we tryin’ to get home” then she says “Pick a lane, you can’t have both!” Well, I would say her language skills are coming along nicely, wouldn’t you?

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