Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Niños en biciclettas

Boys on bicycles. L-R: Ryan and Manuel are the sons of one of the guards for the marina workyard. Sometimes they come to work with their dad, mostly on Sundays, and try to do odd jobs to earn a few pesos. Then it's time for fun. Last Sunday, after helping Dick for a while, they asked to ride our bicycles. It would be the first time either had ever ridden a bicycle. Since one bicycle had a flat tire, they had to tomar turnos (take turns). Smiling and laughing the entire time, they helped each other secure the bicycle helmet and get going the first time.

Amazingly, there was no hesitation, no fear of falling, no balance issues - off they went, a little wobbly at first, but soon they were experts. Once around the yard, with the other running alongside, and they switched riders.

The sweet simple joys of childhood and bicycles are universal.

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