Said the Father to His 16-Year-Old Daughter: You Can Have a Jetta After You Master The Unicycle
- Category: Dad's Dirt Roads: A Blog
- on Wed Mar 30, 2011
- by Mark Stephens on Wed Mar 30, 2011 - (1) Comments
We might not know the origins of the mighty unicycle, but there is no doubt whatsoever that we all get a little giggle and must stop to stare when we see someone riding one.
The American author Sloan Wilson wrote in his memoir, What Shall We Wear to this Party? The Man in The Gray Flannel Suit, 20 Years Before and After, "A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard."
Well, what says freedom like a unicycle? And I can imagine all the aid a unicycle brings to parenting:
"But Dad I want a bike!"
"Start with this. You can have the second wheel when you earn it."
Or for that 16-year-old daughter who became a sweetie over night because she's dying to get her own Jetta:
"You get one speeding ticket, I'll take away the car, your phone, even your bike. You can have a unicycle."
Aside from watching Luke and Andrew Farny from Telluride tear it up on a pair of unicycles, as you watch this video give a few seconds of thought to the wonder that kids know how to make everything fun. Maybe there is no taboo pastime (not that I'd suggest that anyway) for any excited kid with imagination and desire. He just needs a little support and freedom.