For Fort St. John’s Daileen Falk, the idea of being at a motocross track on Mothers’ Day wasn’t necessarily a surprise.
With a boyfriend who enjoys dirt biking and ice racing, Falk has spent her fair share watching from the sidelines.
But what was entirely new for the Fort St. John mom was seeing her son, Easton, racing competitively for the first time with other kids his age at the Peace Motocross Association’s opening weekend in Taylor.
Like any parent, and even more when an 8-year-old is just starting out, Falk admitted she was a bit nervous. “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to cry and throw up at the same time...and laugh,” said Falk. “It’s been emotional but it’s fun.”
She says her boyfriend, Tom Demaid, who unfortunately had to work on the weekend, has been great in showing Easton how to ride. “He has a dirt track in his backyard. Easton just got a new bike, so we wanted to see how he did, and it’s something he likes.”
As expected, Easton did have a few spills during his three races, nothing serious, but Falk became more relaxed as the weekend played out.
“It’s sorta scary, but not scary,” said Easton, who attends Ma Murray school.
“We’re working on confidence and (me) not being so terrified at the end of the day,” said the newly-christened motocross mom, as her son laughed loudly in the background on hearing this.
Falk likely held her breath a few times on the weekend when Easton fell off his bike, particularly, in his second race Sunday morning.
“He fell twice but he got right back up and kept on going... and that’s what counts,” said Falk.
Her son, however, is quick to point out, “I fell four times, Mom,” with a wide smile on his face.
While most moms like Falk could be found cheering on their kids track side this past Mothers Day, there are those who decide to suit up themselves, deciding it’s just as much (or more) fun being a part of the action.
Could we see Falk, herself, on a bike and competing? Only time will tell.
She says her partner, Tom, has been trying to get her to consider the idea. With a growing list of 17 riders in the Ladies class, popularity for the sport is on the rise. “I’m sure he’d like to see my on a bike but I don’t know if it’s ever gonna go there,” Falk said.
For now, she’s just happy watching and cheering on the two men in her life, although we might just have a new Mother’s Day story to tell you next year.
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