I’ve been getting used to driving a car again. After years on a bicycle parenting has lazy me and motorbound.
Cars make you impatient, bicycles make you patient. Bicycles introduce you to the world around you. Cars get you where you’re going and fast. You always have what you need in your car, bicycling usually means forgetting something at home. You show up better smelling but less healthy when you are in a car.
You are more morally justified in your American life the more you eschew motor transport. But you try taking your wife and child grocery shopping on a bicycle.
Parenting is resource intensive. I see that now.