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The moment of trust

Steady, Steady as she goes
Climb aboard.

Pedal, foot to the pedal
Daddy’s got you.
 
Whoaaaa, Wobblinggg, 
Wheww, got my balance.
 
Roll, Rolling, easy does it.
 
Fast, Faster, this is easy!

Look at me! 

Tip, Tipping,
Daddy, where are you?
 
Steer, Handle bars steering
 
Squeeze, Breaks are slowing
 
Turn, Guiding and turning
 
Pedal, Push a bit harder
 
Pedal,, Move a bit faster
 
Pedal,,, Gettin' it going!
 
Dodge the bump
Ford the stream
Climb the hill
Chart the course
 
See you when you get home!
 
What a shame if I had held on 
and you could go only as fast as your father
And no farther.

Learning doesn’t happen by spectation

Text, I can read.
Image, I can see.

By video, I can follow along.
But to learn, I must take part.

No one can stand in for me
in my interaction,
my operation,
my turn at my own helm.

Learning that lasts
begins where caution ends
and trust begins.

Trust
that whoever made me
an interactive device
created this game
in a way I could win it.

 

We are All Learning to Walk

Walking,
it’s as natural as breathing.
Put one foot in front of the other.
Move it on out.

It wasn’t always this way.
Once, we couldn’t hold our head up,
couldn’t roll over
couldn’t sit without toppling
couldn’t rock on all fours
could not even crawl.

Imagine,
there was a time
when we were stuck in one place,
couldn’t move without help,
needed someone to pick us up
and carry us.

We went where they took us,
when they took us,
had no say in the matter,
just happy we got to go
for a ride.

crawling baby

But once we got creeping
and then on to crawling,
we were going places,
places on our own,
pulling our self up,
cruising along the coffee table,
going who knows where?
didn’t care.

What if you let go?
who SAID that?

What if you let go?
are you CRAZY?

What if you let go?
with both hands?!

What if you let go?
I let go

and there I stood.

Look at me!
and then, I went!
one foot, then the other…
Where am I going?

Moving on out…

Falling
getting up, and
getting up again,
rolling, rocking,
toppling, crawling,
creeping, cruising,
pulling up to
standing.

Walking,
it’s as natural as breathing.
Put one foot in front of the other.
Move it on out.

We are all learning to walk.
First we must stand.

baby walking beach

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