Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Facing the Wind

google image...Winnie the Pooh book

Winnie the Pooh: Happy "Winds-day", Piglet. 
Piglet: [being blown away] Well... it isn't... very happy... f-for me. 
Winnie the Pooh: Where are you going, Piglet? 
Piglet: That's what I'm asking myself, where? 
[he is lifted into the air by a gust of wind
Piglet: W-Whoops! P-P-P-Pooh! 
Winnie the Pooh: [grabbing Piglet's scarf
] And what do you think you will answer yourself? 

Benjamin and I were in need of a change of scenery.  We had been working away at school, recovering from a long weekend with family and the sun just beckoned us to come play.  Besides this could be marked off as a science and gym, while letting me exercise my stubborn fat off.  So off we went with our bikes packed into the back of the car to the near by bike trail.

As I struggled to remove our bikes from the truck I giggled to Benjamin, "well we might not have to pedal much the wind will just push us along." That is exactly what the wind did as we glided over the first mile of the trails.  Now you will ask, "doesn't she check the weather?"  Why NO!  The warm, breezy, sunny fall day was just what my mood was in need of.

I rounded the end of the lake trail to continue back toward our beginning destination while Benjamin following close behind.  The first gust of wind hit my face as I heard Benjamin cry out, "Mom STOP!"
I immediately dismounted my bike and turned to see this little helmet wearing, training wheel biker come flying past me grinning from ear to ear while yelling with a giggle, "You Loser!"

This competitive mother couldn't let a six-year-old pass his 51-year-old over-weight momma.

I climbed back on my pink bike, pushing my thunder thighs to pass him up with, "you called me a Loser?"

Then the wind hit us!  The leaves started flying, the dust started to hit us in the face.  Benjamin's speed came to a crawl and my thighs were feeling the burn.  We were inching along fighting the wind.

I encouraged my biking partner, "well we are sure using different muscles aren't we?"

We fought and fought to get back to our beginning mark.  The first mile the wind was behind us making the  journey pleasant, the second mile the wind pushed at us on all sides, making the ride a challenge.

Neither of us stopped, my thighs burned, his little legs pushed forward.  We came to a fork in the road, Benjamin chose to go around one way while I circled the other direction.
I beat him to the finish line.  He looked up and said, "you chose the right way!"
I laughed to myself, "Yes, there are times my wisdom in my old age pays off and he is still at the age of thinking I know everything...I am going to capture each moment of that if I can."

We carried our tired bodies and bikes to the car.  As we entered our neighborhood the wind damage was everywhere!   This mom had missed the weather report stating "wind alert".  Fences were knocked over, our patio umbrella was thrown across the yard and our suburban windmill was blown over!

Oh my!   We had survived the wind alert and won!
There are times that life just blows you forward...wind in your hair, the wind beneath your wings...then there are times you stand with your face to the wind!  You face the wind and move forward.

Prayers still being prayed for all those affected by Sandy and for the team from San Antonio, Texas - Blood and Fire (updates on their site click on name) who are there being His hands and feet...love you!

19 Joining in with more words:

Debbie Petras said...

Janette, I love that you are always up for an adventure with your little guy. You are still a child at heart and I love that. It keeps you young. What great exercise. Maybe I need to dust off my bicycle and head outdoors?

Blessings and love,

Theresa said...

What a great way to burn some calories! I have a little obsession with checking the weather. Good thing with the hurricane and then snow we had ;) Our area is almost all powered back but I think there are about 600 still without power here in my town. There is still much devastation throughout LI. Thanks for the prayers.

Mary said...

You make great memories with your kids!

Vee said...

What a great telling of this story. Love the analogy and the fun that you two have together. You are a wise mama. Truly.

Vickie said...

Janette - I always love your analogies! The wind is kind of in my face right now, but I'm gonna keekp on peddling! Thanks for your visits and sweet comments, friend!

Ginny Marie said...

I can't think of a better way to spend a windy day! You must have felt like Piglet when you were riding against the wind! I just love reading about your homeschooling adventures with Benjamin. :)

Debbie said...

Oh I love this story! I can just see you both peddling furiously, haha. What great exercise, and what great memories for Benjamin! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Brenda Lazzaro Yoder, said...

I love this analogy. Often I have to stay strong so the wind/forces against me don't knock me down. Thank you!

Sonja said...

I'm always so proud of you when I read these stories of you with Benjamin. He is going to keep you forever young!

My thighs are burning just picturing it. :)

Sandy said...

You always present the best analogies. I know you and Benjamin had a great time. What fun! You both are making wonderful memories.

Debbie said...

I knew as the wind was at your back that you were going to be running against the wind by the end of this.

I've done it often, and more times than I care to count, we didn't have a bike at all if you know what I mean.

You are SUCH a great mom!!

I loved the message from the story, and btw I happen to LOVE Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. I walk around quoting it at times.

P-P- Piglet
M-M- me

myletterstoemily said...

you would be in such big trouble with
your mom! :)

did you know that the voice of winnie
the pooh makes calls to sick children
in the hospital?

Maryann said...

You are creating such wonderful memories for your son...I love that you are so spontaneous

Anonymous said...

Very cute! Very fun! I love Winnie the Pooh.

During the early years of our marriage, we used to read to one another... WTP was one of our favs!

Sounds like you had a very memorable day with your little guy.

Hugs, e-Mom

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Such wonderful times that will become memories for Benjamin... and yourself. ;) May the wind always be at your back, dear friend. But, when it's not... I'm cheering you on. blessings ~ tanna

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

What a Mom! You never cease to amaze me -- and make me proud of you. (I'll bet those muscles are pretty achey today, huh?)

Marla and Steve said...

Yes, you are so right. Sometimes we have to just face the wind and move forward.

Prayers, many prayers, for those affected. I hadn't thought about giving blood. I wonder if I can yet?

We are having a Pottery Barn gift card giveaway as a celebration of life settling down. Finally. Stop by.
Hugs, Marla

Rebecca said...

I'm not sure how you pedaled against the wind, but I sure do admire you! I desperately need to add some exercise to my weight loss. Though lighter in weight, I am ONE FLABBY GRANDMOTHER!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Janette, interesting isn't that facing INTO the wind is how we fly. Facing our challenges gives us flight. Then at times, the wind at our back provides a time of less struggle. God knows exactly when to blast us with strong head winds, and when to give us tail winds. Glad you made it safely through this storm, may God protect you through the others as well. I know He will.

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