We have had a wonderful week of cycling the last few days, marked by three magical words(see the title). I have heard these words twice from Jasper in the last week and each time I felt many things. Reinforced faith in the choices we have made and the sacrifices we have done in order to do this trip. Joy that I have this opportunity to share some incredible experiences with my son. Happiness that he appreciates what an amazing experience we are having. And a deeper connection to my boy and how he is growing up. All of that is part of this experience of spending most of every day not more than a few feet apart.
You may be wondering when Jasper said the words. Well, the first time was as the two of us were biking across the Golden Gate Bridge. The wind was whipping us, we could barely hear, thousands of vehicles were passing us by a few feet away (we were on a separated walkway designated for bikes). We were weaving and wobbling our way around the giant supports of the bridge watching other tourists take selfies and looking out at the dramatic California coastline. In the midst of this I heard Jasper scream out “This. Is. AWESOME!!” What a moment. I know that the two of us will treasure it for the rest of our !ives, and I know that he is a changed boy because of this trip.
The second time was completely different but equally amazing. This time we were at the Jelly Belly factory, and we had just finished a tour. We had seen these fantastic robots and conveyor belts and workers dressed in white with gloves and facemasks. Giant silver vats like cementmixers filled with Jelly beans being rolled like rocks in a rock tumbler. When we came out of the factory Jasper said “That. Was. Awesome!”
These experiences are so incredible, and all the more so because we biked to them and we had the time to enjoy them. What a treasure and a gift. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity.
And here are a few more photos of awesome from the last few weeks.