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Overcome by the Small Things

It is the silly putty we’re seeing. He and I. The stuff that’s gone through the wash clinging to his clothes. The stuff we’re both picking at with fingernails on the shoulder of his long-sleeve. Like crusted gum. Only I’m sure it is gum–washed and dried and caramelized to the threads, until his sheepish grin […]

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When It’s Time

Last summer it took the help of a village to get our daughter to ride her two-wheeler without training wheels. At various times my husband, our friend Kim, and my brother-in-law Jason all trotted or trailed or panted behind our daughter who may as well been trying to ride a piece of limp spaghetti.  Our […]

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Redefining ‘Cool’

Maybe this doesn’t disturb you. Which would also mean that this isn’t your husband pedaling away on a Dora bike… keeping pace with the kid with training wheels and rainboots… on a public path… in the middle of the day. And, really…it doesn’t disturb me either.  Just makes me smirk at the lack of air […]

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Wet Bike Seats

Four days ago I hustled out to the backyard and drug in somebody’s bike.  The clouds were already emptying, and I kept worrying about that poor bike seat.  Only… only I probably should have just shrugged instead because… the four-year old owner of that bike grinned at his new indoor possibilities and took off rounding corners […]

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Catch Me if You Can

I did not anticipate reaching a speed past a mere jog.  But that was before my son zinged past me on the downhill on his Christmas bike, both legs in the air and in their wake, two plastic training wheels creaking like decrepit canes all aimed at the parked white van on the corner. That […]

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The Fountain of Youth

Back in 1980, when three hundred and twenty-one bucks and some change was a whole summer’s savings, my husband scraped his pennies together and bought himself a Diamondback Chromoly Pro bike.  He was ten.  And immediately broke.  But he had what he’d spent a year longing for–something cool.  That he showed me the original receipt on pink paper a […]

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