My son had the ability to ride his bike without stabilisers, but all he was lacking was the confidence. He needed to get over the fear of failure and the fear of falling off.
So I unbolted the training wheels and helped my son on to his bike. And then we just practiced falling off, falling over, and generally pratting around. We broke down the fear barrier by ridiculing it.
Funerals are never easy. I’m sure many mourners find themselves lamenting that missed opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ properly. I’ve never had that chance to share that opportunity with any of those I’ve lost. A final farewell as the coffin is committed is the closest I’ve ever come. And that’s the moment when it becomes real; the moment you fully, truly realise you’ll never see that person again.