I’m not sure if this is just a British thing, or if it’s worldwide and we just never noticed the craze in the States, but scooters are a Very Big Deal here. Every self-respecting three-year-old in the UK has a scooter. You see them tearing around sidewalks and parking lots at amazing speeds. Kids who look like they can barely walk are whizzing by in complete command of these things. The most popular are essentially three-wheeled skateboards with a grab handle sticking up — they turn in the direction you tilt, just like a skateboard. I’m not sure our kids noticed the scooter craze, but it looked like so much fun that we couldn’t resist joining the crowd. On our way back from our trek to Herne Bay on Thursday, we picked up a matching pair of scooters for the kids. They got a chance to try them out for a minute or two on the beach walk before we headed in for dinner. (Flora wisely decided to carry hers down a perilous slope.)
Today we went out and practiced for a bit on the tennis courts next to our house. The kids picked up the basics pretty quickly, though they haven’t yet built up the confidence to do large pushes & glides.
Here are some short video clips of the kids in action:
In this last one, Charlie is explaining that he’s run out of gas, but that he’s got a plan…