Saul’s red tricycle has been a hazard to regular foot traffic for some time. It doesn’t fit in the toy box and always seems to be in the way. Even moving it outside failed to help. In fact, I partially backed over the dumb thing leaving for work one day.
The “trike” is just one of a myriad of toys and other noisemakers at Saul’s disposal. If he knew any better – he’d be spoiled. In fact, after a careful review of choice of clothing (continually refreshed due to persistent growth), daily itinerary (unemployed), and all the toys at his disposal (could open small daycare) Matt is forced to admit, “It’s good to be Saul James.”
On a December day during the boy’s second year, Matt and Saul were on a walk exploring all the sights that “Wood-Vegas” (a sarcastic name for Woodbury, TN – population 6,600) has to offer. Our winding and twisting path took us to the Headstart playground near the ball diamonds.
Inside this gated playground, are several steel tricycles sized differently for any youngster that wants to play. Saul test-drove several with his father. The elder’s legs provided a free yet powerful source of horsepower. At his age, Saul could steer but still lacks the coordination to properly pedal.
A concrete sidewalk loops around the park forming the perfect track for kids to ride. Saul navigated well for sometime laughing while his father pushed. The “horsepower” position made it difficult to stand straight. In fact, Matt was completely bent with his head toward the ground. He didn’t direct his son but allowed the young boy to steer without hindrance.
On their last pass, Saul drifted too close to some playground equipment. Matt raised his head to correct their path and made solid contact between his cranium and a low monkey bar.
Saul turned to inquire about the dearth of locomotion a complaint at the ready. Instead, he watched his father clap both hands to this throbbing forehead but was less than moved (pun intended).
“I felt like crying.” Recounts Matt. “But then I realized that was Saul’s job.”