Originally Posted by PFFOG
Well I will toss in my $.02, and I come from a position most can't speak from, as I lost my eldest son 4 years ago, to a MC crash when he encountered a 15" + wide tar snake in the rain on a corner.
We are a riding family, Wife and the 3 boy's all rode, and still ride even after the accident. If I could go back, I would not change a thing.
I agree you start teaching them young, as soon as my kids were tall enough to see out the windows of the car, I started teaching them situational awareness, instead of finding different license plates, we played, where did that car come from, or what is that drivers next move.
This is from a post shortly after the accident.
It was hard at first, but as I began to find more and more pictures of his life, good memories flooded in to reinforced my belief that it is all about the life, not the passing. I truly believe Kevin lived a good one. As a family we traveled frequently taking annual and numerous other vacations. Kevin, his two brothers and the wife I spent a month traveling the Rockies in the '94. We had traveled all over the east coast and Canada numerous times. As a family we skied and motorcycled, we even took the entire family to the Alps to ride in 2004 for two weeks.
As I reflected and realized that even though he was with us a short time, we squeezed out more than many would in several life times. No, we were not wealthy, but we were frugal and rather than spend money on the material goods, invested in the family. The wife and I both agree, particularly in retrospect, that this was one of the best decisions we made in our lives.
Those here know the dangers of riding, in fact a few times when others have expressed concern about letting other family members take up this sport, I was always an advocate. In spite of living through what people fear most, I still am. I will say it again, motorcycling was, and still is, one of the threads that bind the fabric of our family. I truly believe that in spite of the recent events, I still am ahead.
Kevin was the eldest, and as children inevitably do, set out to start his own life. Many times contact with the family diminishes greatly, as they forge their own path and pick their way through life, and although this was the case at times, we stayed close because of our shared affection for riding. Kevin had his motorcycle license before his car license, and always loved riding. In his adult life we took numerous day and weekend trips, did several track days together, shared the social aspect of riding with a bunch of people from the area, and of course took our last "Family Vacation" when we all went to Europe to ride in 2004. None of this would have happened without the shared interest in two wheels.
So yes, like CSN&Y said "Teach your Children Well"
Riding was and still is a large part of our family dynamic, in fact we went back to the Alps with our other adult son's again in 2011, and we continue to take numerous family rides.
Let's face it no one gets out of life alive, so it is best to pack as much living as possible in the time we have.