Decorating my Bike
Back when I was 6 I used to have streamers on my little, blue Schwinn.
My childhood friend Diane, sent me these fine streamers over a year ago and I've been pretty slow putting them on my bike.
I see on the package, the streamers are suitable for motorcycles. That's good to know.
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
Today, it was misty at 8 am and I didn't try to find a bike riding buddy. 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.
So I rode my bike on the walking path by the creek. My streamers fluttered and I grinned into the wind, as I zoomed downhill. Going up the hill, I stood up on my pedals, pretending I was on my old Schwinn with no gears to switch.
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 I wore no helmet.