Mama Diaries

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Out of Energy

My nine-year-old son bought himself an electric scooter a couple of days ago.  He'd been asking for one for a couple of years.  I finally told him he could have one if he bought it with his own money.  That's what he did.

We brought it home and I put it together.  He hopped on and started scooting up the street.  If you are unfamiliar with electric scooters, they look like regular scooters you push with your feet, but they are much heavier.  Normally, you start them by pushing with your feet, until they reach a speed of 5 miles per hour, and then the electric part kicks in, and you can just stand on it and let the scooter go by itself.  Eventually, they run out of power, and need to be recharged.

Anyway, my son scooted up and down the hills of our neighborhood.  I followed.  When we were a considerable way from home, the scooter conked out.  My son had to use old fashioned leg power to scoot up and down the hills.  This was apparently exhausting.

"Mama," he complained.  "You have to stop, because me and this scooter have something in common."

"What's that, Bubba?"

"We're out of power, and can't go another inch!"  

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  1. Hope the charge holds a little longer next time!

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    1. It's supposed to last 40 minutes. I think my boy spent most of the afternoon on it, so it doesn't surprise me that it ran out of power.

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  2. Old fashioned leg power... hahaha.

    I don't know if I am glad or regret all of the things that kids have now that we didn't when I was young. Those scooters sound fun, but I am sure I got more exercise biking everywhere. Hmm. It's a dilemma.

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    1. Kids really seem to like scooters. They have bikes, too. I guess it depends on their mood, which one they'll use. I'm just happy to see them playing outside!

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  3. I hope he wears a helmet.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Usually he does. Sometimes I have to get on his case about it, though.

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    1. I was very hesitant to let him get an electric scooter, because I wanted him to have more exercise, but as it turns out, he ended up getting plenty using it!

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  5. Lol! he's s smart one - good stuff getting him to save for it

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    1. He was really proud of himself after he bought it!

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  6. Hope the charge lasts even longer next time. :)

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  7. HA! My daughter and son have one, but we just go around the cul-de-sac. It is a shorter walk home/

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    1. I've seen kids spend a half a day going around in circles in a cul-de-sac. I don't get it. But if they're having fun, then it's all good!

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  8. I agree with others hope the charge last longer, you son is really someone special,
    Yvonne.

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    1. I think my son is pretty special, too! ;0)

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  9. That;s funny, poor Bubba! I can imagine how tired he and the scooter were!

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    1. He survived. A little exercise doesn't hurt anyone. ;0)

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  10. I always wanted me one too! How long can the power in them last?

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  11. Suddenly this blog has made me feel younger - a nine year old out of power! Bless! I could do with a recharge myself. An electric scooter might help - ha! ha!

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    1. Hahaha! Yes. I don't feel so bad when I get out of power, if my nine-year-old has the same problem!

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    1. It's hard not to laugh around him!

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    2. That is fantastic. What a great stress reliever, to have such a funny kid. Do you have a snowman in your freezer yet?

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  13. LOL! Hopefully next time he'll remember to save up some of the scooter's power for the trip home, so he won't have to use up any of his power! XD

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    1. That's planning ahead. From what I can see, his brain hasn't developed enough to do that! ;0)

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  14. haha maybe he should have got on and you could push

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  15. Nice to hear about your son's involvement in buying the electric scooter. My son also has one but not electric ordinary scooter. Now a days he gets very tired in riding that.
    It is a good exercise for the kids to ride the scooter.

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    1. I think it's important for kids to learn to save their money, and then use their own to buy something they really want. It gives them a sense of pride, and also teaches them the value of money.

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  16. I bet he had some great fun, even though he was exhausted at the end. I bet you got a workout too, walking after him. Poor you.

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    1. I was fine. I was actually walking the dog. We're used to the up and down hills!

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  17. Now that's a lot of fun, and hope they both get a recharge.

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    1. They're recharged and ready for another round!

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  18. That's funny! Now that I'm older, it takes the batteries a lot longer to recharge than they used to, and they don't quite reach 100%. I'm happy if I reach 70.

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  19. Cute. That's something my Random would say. What would we do without these adorable kids?

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  20. Need to get those energizer batteries

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    1. Yes. Apparently Duracell doesn't work as well. ;0)

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  21. wow, what a neat toy, let mom charge it and then ride it home!

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  22. How fun. I know my boys would like one of those.

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  23. Sounds like the scooter would be lots of fun, as long as it doesn't run out of power. Maybe there needs to be some scooter recharge stations added to your area. : )

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