#330daysofbiking Day 77: the fatherhood road
Happy Father’s Day. Rode today with the best father of all … my husband, Mark. Father of our four amazing boys, beloved husband, friend, and my favorite riding companion.
It’s sometimes hard to believe that it has been nearly 20 years since Mark began his ride on the road of fatherhood; it’s been a beautiful journey, filled with challenges, but abundant with rewards. Together we have raised four fine young men – beautiful, smart, fun (and funny), talented, compassionate, kind, loving. The years, like the miles, have flown by so quickly, and Mark has always guided the way, provided direction, inspiration, guidance and love. He has known when to push, and also known when to let them find their own way. He has been the finest of teachers, and the best of listeners. He has always been there with encouragement and support – even when life’s hills loomed big. He’s been a parent, but also a friend – a very tricky line to navigate. There is no one else I could have imagined taking this ride with …
We rode together today, a picturesque route past fields, rolling hills and along the river. For me it was a reflection and a reminder of how beautiful our lives are. Nothing worthwhile comes without effort, practice and patience – whether it is parenting or cycling – but it’s an incredible journey, and I’m glad we are riding it together.