today we went for a walk
where the bean rode his bike
which means he sometimes pushes himself along with his feet
which he calls “walking”
and sometimes he pedals.
after he is already cruising along from the walking part
he lifts up his feet and
i watch as those little
(and yet, wait! not really as little as they were)
feet reach around
seeking out the pedals.
then he is riding his bike.
meanwhile i am pushing the (double) stroller with the pea
and some old snacks that were not cleaned up from some other walk.
and we have the dog.
as we head home i notice
wow, the sun is really shining in that insanely crisp october way.
wow, the bean’s red and brown sweater
with thick stripes
i could pull out my phone and take a photo.
or, i could just see it.
and think, “wow, that looks amazing.”
we stop to gather leaves on the sidewalk.
small red/yellow oak (?) leaves.
i put them in the stroller pocket.
later the rest of the day will unfold.
but for now we are just fitting in a walk
with a stroller half full
with a little boy half riding his bike
with me more than half present