“The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.”

Today is spring, a pretty day sandwiched in between two rainy days. The sky is a spectacular blue. The slight breeze stirs only the ends of the smallest branches. My dafs have bloomed. Their yellow is striking. They are the brightest spot in the whole garden though the hyacinths are close behind and the forsythia has buds. That forsythia is as old as the house. It was a housewarming gift from my brother and his then girlfriend. When it was planted, it was alone in the garden. Now the garden blooms in so many colors from all the flowers, but the forsythia is front and center.

The dogs love this weather and are out for the longest time. This morning Nala came in first, usually Henry does. She was hoping for her morning treat so I went on the deck to look for Henry. He was in the lower 40, against the back fence. Henry is easy to spot with his white fur. He heard the word treat and came running. They both got a biscuit, a peanut butter biscuit, finished it then went back outside. They’ll be in for their spoonful of coffee.

When I was a kid, I’d ride my bike on a day like today. I lived on a hill. Riding down that hill and gathering speed made me almost giddy. It was a windy ride without the wind. I could feel the cold air up my sleeves. They billowed. I can still remember the joy of riding down that hill.

I lived in the project on one side of a duplex. It was a small project with maybe a dozen duplexes up the hill and around a small rotary in the cul-de-sac. Each side of the duplex mirrored the other side. It was a good place to live.

Most of my exploring was done alone. I’d jump on my bike, head down the hill and then decide my route. I had special places. One was the zoo. I’d walk my bike around all the cages and check out the animals. The elephant was my favorite.

Another route took me uptown. I’d walk my bike again, this time on the sidewalk while I checked out the windows. I watched the lobsters swimming in their tank at the fish market. That they were someone’s dinner never occurred to me. At Hank’s, the bakery, I’d wish I had money to buy even just one cookie. The ones in the window were sugar cookies, some frosted while other had sprinkles, the multi-colored ones. At Kennedy’s it was the cheese. A huge block of cheddar was by the door and another was in the window. I just wanted a chunk to eat on the way.

Another route took me by the golf course where I searched for balls. I always found at least one. From there I’d take a different route, a longer ride, to go home.

I’d be gone most of the day. Only the chill of the late afternoon had me heading for home. It was hot dogs, beans and brown bread night. It was bath night. After that, it was westerns on TV and staying up a bit later.

It was the most satisfying day.

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4 Comments on ““The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Another gorgeous spring day. Clear skies and high temperature in the high 70s. We went to the park so my daughter could swing and then we had our traditional Chinese lunch. This time we went to a small takeout place with a few tables in Watauga, northeast of Ft. Worth. Besides three lunch specials we had a PoPo platter. We ordered way too much food but we will have leftovers.

    You and I explored on our bicycles on beautiful Saturdays. When I moved to NYC, in the middle of the eighth grade, I left my bicycle behind in Texas. Once living in the borough of Queens I didn’t need it because I could easily walk to the subway station and for 15 cents all of the other boroughs of New York were my oyster.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Today was just a bit chilly but still springlike for this time of year. I’m a fan of the platter as I do love appetizers. I know I’ll always have leftovers as the one I buy is for two. Usually I get rice or lo mein with it. Two good Chinese takeout places are pretty close. I try to do one take out every couple of weeks. This week it was seafood.

      My town is twelve miles from Boston. I used to take a bus to Sullivan Square where I could catch the subway, but we didn’t explore the city until we were old enough to convince our parents we were fine. I was in the eighth grade by then.

      I loved bike riding around my town. It was a great place when I was young. My sister lives there still.

  2. Christer. Says:

    Sunny morning again, they did say it would be mostly cloudy today but I’m not complaining about them being wrong as usual 🙂 🙂

    I’ve finally found treats that Albin can eat, he loves them and so does the two others even though they are vegan 🙂 🙂 They aren’t exactly cheap but I’m just happy that I now can give him treats that doesn’t make him sick!

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Rain is due today, but it hasn’t fallen yet. It is supposed to rain all night. The clouds are light. so it doesn’t look like rain yet.

      My dogs are treat hounds. They have regular biscuits, peanut butter biscuits and soft treats with banana. Their treats too aren’t cheap and neither is their food. They are well fed.

      Have a great week!

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