I want my kids to know every nook and cranny of Vancouver. If we are going to make sacrifices to live in the city then we had better live! Every outing is an opportunity for adventure and now that we’re cruising around on our cargo bike, the city feel way more accessible. We don’t have to worry about traffic or parking and there’s always something to distract the kids if they’re getting antsy.
If you’ve seen us around town, you may have noticed our no-tears streak on the cargo bike has ended. The only time the cargo bike becomes a challenge for me is when it’s stopped on an incline and I feel the full weight of it. Let’s just say that twice I’ve gently dropped the bike while at a stand still. No one was harmed! I did however scare my kids (and myself) and so we’ve been pushing through some fears, mine included. It would be easy to give-up but with Ben’s encouragement we’ve gone for several straight rides without incident. Ben had a good talk with the boys about encouraging me rather than screaming in terror (Ha ha. I’m just being honest folks). Now when we ride Ezra shouts from behind, “You can do it mommy!” It’s so cute. And encouraging.
We took the boys to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden for the first time today to let them experience a different culture’s architectural style; buildings and landscapes. They admired the curved rooftops, bamboo shrouded walkways and ancient Bonsai trees. Levi did some plein air sketching of the buildings while Jet and Ezra monkeyed around.
As a homeschooling parent one of my favourite subjects to teach is history and cultural studies. Levi has been initiating conversations with really deep questions pertaining to colonialism and how one country/culture advances on another. He’s caught me off guard with his observations and I’ve been scrambling ever since to figure out how to to convey the harsher side of human history in an age appropriate way. Susan Wise Bauer in The Story of the World Volumes does an amazing job covering ancient history to the modern world. With the introduction of First Nations studies into the primary grades I’m also hoping to find kid-friendly books to teach First Nations history to my boys. I’m sure this will bring up many hard questions as well but I’m so thankful we can tackle them together.
I just covered a lot of territory in one post! But the jest of it; I’m thankful. So very thankful for this life I’ve been given and the people who inhabit it with me.