On Thursday, Bruce decided he couldn’t wait for Daddy to get home so we asked Lokesh and Big Uncle to help again with the bike training. They jumped right in and took over and I got to rest from my perch in the window in my room and cheered them along as they helped Bruce gain his confidence and balance on the bike. When John got home yesterday evening it was raining so he didn’t get to see the progress Bruce had made that day, but was happy to know that Bruce was no longer scared.
When John got home, the first thing he did was ask Bruce if he wanted to practice riding his bike to which Bruce quickly responded by showing him he no longer needed the practice as he is very capable of riding his bike like a “big boy” now.
Yesterday I hesitated letting Lokesh and Big Uncle teach Bruce without John because I thought it might deprive John of a special bonding time with his son…but what I realized very quickly was that the bonding time did occur, but with all ALL of us. It reaffirmed what I already knew about our “staff” here. That even though we are the employers and they the employees, we have become a family unit. Lokesh and Big Uncle were so excited to be included in teaching Bruce to ride his bike and got just as much joy as we did seeing Bruce master bike riding. We all clapped and cheered him on, we all felt his pride and his sense of accomplishment and we were all just really happy to be a part of this special moment in Bruce’s life.
These are the moments, just some of the precious moments that will forever bind us to India, and I know someday Bruce will cherish these memories too.