Poesie Quotidienne – SoCal Parenting Techniques

May 9th, 2007

One the one hand, there are all of the ingenious parents who teach their kids to ride a “big kids bike” while roller-blading behind them down the ocean-side bike path. A parent on roller-blades can steady the bike when necessary, let go when appropriate, yet skate along in hover mode, ready at a the first sign of a twitch to grab onto the handle bars again. And, with twenty-two miles of bike path, there’s no oncoming traffic to worry about.

On the other hand, there was this dad, kicked back in the sand, propped up on his elbows, grinning away like life just couldn’t get any better. Next to him was a five-year-old, buried up to her neck in sand. Mercifully, she was planted so that her face wasn’t in the sun. I think the dad must have dug a pit for her first, because it looked like a blinking sighing head had just rolled across the sand to park itself next to him. She watched me run past with a look of long-suffering patience tinged with mild boredom.

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