Skates

Charlie is amazing.  She's our superhero too, and here, she's refusing help, and teaching herself how to rollerskate.  Charlie may not quite be the natural athlete that Phoebe is, but when Charlie wants to learn how to do something, she will not give up until she learns it.  She's incredibly brave, tough, and determined.  She will fall down, skin her knees, wince, and get right back up and try again, she rarely cries about it, and she has no fear.  I was looking forward to teaching Charlie how to ride her bike without her training wheels.  When the day came, and her training wheels came off, she just rode that damn thing away.  I never had to hold her shoulders, give her a push, or even run behind her.  Why?  Because Charlie had wanted to learn, so, before those training wheels came off, she borrowed bigger kids' bikes, and rode, and fell, and got up, and tried again, and again.  Phoebe learned to ride without her training wheels over the course of a week, with our help.  Charlie taught herself, in three days.  She's really, really incredible.