A few years ago when Ezra started preschool, he met some kids who had scooters. He would chase these little guys around the playground begging to have a turn scooting on their mini-kick scooters – to the point where I think we were finally embarrassed into buying him one so that he’d stop bothering everyone else for theirs. My husband thought he wouldn’t use it for more than a year, but now it’s become his main method of transportation (going on 2 years now). When we chose a school for Ezra, we decided to support a local school – not only to avoid that lengthy yellow-bus ride, but also because I love the time that he and I spend walking to (or from) school. We say hello to the same sleeping cat outside the flower stand, and we talk about the cars he will build when he grows up. Walking 13 blocks each way however is a challenge for little 5 year old legs. We use the scooter to get him to school, to get him some daily exercise and frankly – so I can pull him along if he’s absolutely wiped out. His friends at school recently came up with a game of checking the muni-meters en route to class – and so we have yet another reason to get him to scoot ahead of us and keep moving along at a fast pace. He even found $1.85 in change last week (plus one rupee from India)! It just so happens the scooter company called us in July and informed us that we won a new maxi-kick scooter in a random lottery; just in time for Ezra’s birthday. An upgraded taller scooter, now that he can reach the meters.