By Paige Tucker

Our recent gift of time has opened the door for learning new things, rediscovering old passions, and picking up old hobbies. 

This spring, Julia Reynolds took off for the first time on two-wheels on her beloved Frozen bike. (Look Mom, no training wheels!) This involved lots of practice between a couple of bouts of tears and some bumps and bruises. As a mom, it was so rewarding to watch and coach her through this learning process.

She was totally fearless on her training wheels and would speed around on her bicycle wherever she wanted to go. She was ready for us to take them off, but naturally, fear crept in when that safety net was removed. 

My dad, her “ShaSha”, helped her get over the fear of falling with some fancy Frozen-themed safety gear. ShaSha showed up with elbow pads, knee pads and even some Elsa bike gloves. It was just the push Julia Reynolds needed to trust herself and take off pedaling without one of us running alongside her. What a great moment! I’ll remember it forever.

It inspired me to get back on my own bike and join her for what I hope will be lots of bike rides together! Problem is, it was difficult to find a bike. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one with this idea. It’s been very interesting, not to mention a little inconvenient, to see what things have been in short supply during the COVID crisis. Toilet paper (?!?), trampolines, and bicycles! (I finally got one, and it’s been a lot of fun riding with my bike buddy!)

Perhaps the shortage of certain simple things like bicycles is a good sign. So many families are outside, getting back to basics, doing ordinary things like bike riding together.  

With Julia Reynolds back in school– fingers crossed we stay in-person– we’re getting the tiniest taste of old routines. I am hopeful this “old but new, back-to-basics” lifestyle remains. May some of the habits and lessons learned during quarantine stick with us long after the virus is a distant memory. 

After twelve years in local news, most recently as evening anchor of NBC 26, Paige Tucker is now a work-at-home mom and freelance journalist. She produces two series for NBC 26 TV, First Responders and 26 Women Today, and you can see those stories on Tuesday nights. Paige and her husband have one daughter, Julia Reynolds, who is six years old.