Decorating my Bike
My Bike Buddies
I don't have a photo of myself, when I rode my first bike on the bumpy sidewalks of Grinnell. But I do have photos of my favorite bike buddies a little later.
If I could have had my way this morning, I would have gotten on my bike with Diane, (first photo) and Debbie and Joanna and Annette and pedaled to the Little Store, at the end of Summer Street.
To the Grocery Store
It was misty at 8 am and I didn't try to find a friend to ride with. I skipped my helmet and rode on the sidewalk, like I would have done at age 6. I parked my bike outside of Randalls Grocery Store, without locking. I searched the candy rack for my favorite Payday candy bar and handed the cashier a dollar. Oops! I had no idea candy bars cost almost 2 dollars these days.
My 6-year-old-self felt giddy and brave and hungry for a bite of my pre-breakfast Payday. My 60-year-old-self had just one bite before heading home for coffee. I hoped I would land in the grass if I crashed... since wore no helmet.