Friday, September 25, 2009

Childhood Never Has To Completely End

As long as there are not too many hills, biking is one of my very favorite things to do! Something that you learn in childhood and never have to let go. This old guy was out riding this morning, and just like an 8 year old, rather than avoid the puddle from the overnight rain, he chose to ride through it. Splash. Splash. It's just more fun that way. Still.

"Never will I bike again without a helmet". That is me speaking now. About a year ago I took my bike in to have a flat tire fixed. I left it and came back in a couple hours to pick it up. Great! I throw it on the rack and home I go. Once home I decide to take it for a little spin and on the way down the driveway I lost control and wrecked about the time I reached the street.

"What happened?" you say. Well, the nice folks at the bike shop gave my bike a quick check up and tightened the brakes. Problem is they didn't tell me. I used my usual squeeze on the hand brakes and OMG they were tight. Threw me right off, down onto the street. Helmet? Who needs a helmet? Lesson learned! My head hit the street. I heard it hit. I lay there awhile. Surely someone would see me and come to my rescue! But no one came. "Where is everyone?" My Larry was sleeping or watching the ballgame. He had no idea. The neighbors were nowhere to be found. So I decided nothing was broken, hoped I didn't have a concussion, and hobbled inside.

It only takes one crack of the skull against pavement, damage or no damage, to convince you that wearing a helmet is important. I have a very cool one now just like this picture except mine is pink.

I spent this morning bike riding too... through the village, down by the beach, through quiet, shady neighborhoods....and splashing through the puddles like the old man.

There's no better way to spend a cool morning than on a bike with nowhere special to go and no time special to be there. Just peddling. A piece of childhood that doesn't have to end.


What do you do now, as a "grown up" to remind you of your childhood? Click to see what else I just thought of and tell me what you are thinking. I promise to get back to you.

9 comments:

  1. I just remembered when my sons were toddlers and they were fascinated with real life tractors. Whenever I pointed one out to them I felt the same excitement they did...almost like I was reliving my childhood through their eyes. And you?

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  2. I go swimming and do cannonballs!!I also run like crazy with my Siberian husky! I like your blog! I am glad that your okay!Please stop by my blog!I am new

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  3. Oh Olga...thanks for the reminder. I loved (love) my time in swimming pools, still do. Now I can't wait to do my next cannonball and will think of you. Popping over to your blog now. Sandra

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  4. Every time I watch kids movies I feel like a kid again..and I watch kids movies alot! Saying hi from SITS. Happy Saturday!

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  5. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest, Sandra!

    What a lovely post. I wish I could do more bike riding. For me, it's popcorn - reminds me of lazy days just watching movies at home.

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  6. I'm glad you are ok! I hate helmets but I know I want my kids to wear them, so I won't have a choice. They are almost big enough for bikes!

    Happy Saturday Sharefest:)
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  7. After three brain surgeries and one spinal surgery my days of biking are long over and I miss it. But -- your post reminds me of when on my 30th birthday my boyfriend now husband and I were living in MD and decided to go horse riding before we went out to eat with a couple who had several horses. I was an inexperienced rider so they gave me the tamest one, which unfortunately was a hay-belly. It took off running wildly when it got near the barn and threw me off in the nettles where I landed so hard I couldn't feel my legs. Lying there waiting for the others to catch up all I could think of was how p---d off at myself I was for doing something like that to hurt myself, after having gone through brain surgery three years earlier (this was before the other surgeries - before I found out I had a rare cancer). When I mentioned this to my GP he said I had no business being on a horse. well, duh....

    Thanks for coming by my site earlier! come back to visit again and I will, too!

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  8. I have always wanted to learn to ride horses! A few years ago I finally had time. I have taken a few risks in other ways and gotten hurt, not badly, but took it as "signs" :) and decided to play it safer. Probably won't be learning to ride after all.I know it's fun though. Stay in touch.
    Sandra

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  9. Popcorn and movies are always a favorite! Even though we rent them most of the time, I REALLY like to go out to the movies.
    Sandra

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