I have shared before that our oldest son (who just turned 11!) has Asperger’s Sydrome (a high functioning form of Autism). This has meant that a lot of things in our lives haven’t been exactly how we thought they would be. However, it has also meant that we have had a child who is this amazing kid that we couldn’t imagine life without.
Last year, Eric and I got the bikes we got in college back from his parents house and cleaned them up, after having purchased Molly her first bike for her birthday. Then, Jack’s birthday rolled around, and we bought him his first bike too. Yep – that’s right, he’s nine and it is his first bike. (We even had to get training wheels for it, even though it is this super cool lime green BMX bike.)
It may sound funny that we waited until the kids were five and nine to get them their first bikes. Mainly, it has been because of Noah. He just can’t ride a bike (both from fear and ability), and I guess we never wanted to exclude him. Still, now here we are, a family of five with four bikes and one eleven year old who says happily, “Oh – it’s okay. I’ll just try to run with you guys.”
Today, I had an epiphany and found a super cool three wheeled bike (complete with flames on the side!) that actually made him say, “Wow! I would ride that.” The only thing that made me gulp? The $300 price tag. While I know this isn’t a lot for nicer bikes, it is just a little under what all of our bikes cost combined.
Then, I had another brainstorm. Why not put my eBook, Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places, on sale for 50% off (that’s only $3.75) through the end of August (or when 100 have been sold, whichever comes first) in an effort to raise the money for Noah to have the kind of bike that has actually made him excited about having a bike of his own. The coupon code for the fundraiser is bike.
Any way around it, I know that we’ll find a way to buy it (or a similar bike) for him. It may not always be through traditional methods, but we always try to find ways to give him as “normal” of a childhood as possible (whatever that might look like for even a neurotypical kid). However, any money we can raise through eBook sales would be a blessing.
So, if you haven’t purchased my eBook yet and would want it for yourself (or for someone else), using the bike coupon code will save you 50% and I’ll know that you want to help us buy that bike for Noah.
Also, if you’re a blogger and want to share about it on your blog (the sale and the reason behind it), please do so! (You can even use my bike button I made.)
Thanks so much!