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Monday, August 11, 2008
The Old "Ego Buster"
Saturday morning found my husband and I pulling into the little park a short drive from our house with our bikes happily riding in the rack attached to the car. Usually the park is empty, but on this particular morning there were several families picnicking under the oak trees. Several of the little boys were playing in the parking lot as we pulled in.

Feeling like an old hand at all this biking stuff, I got out of the car and went through the established routine of helping my husband get the bikes off the rack, putting the water bottles in their holders, and donning my sunglasses. We have worked our way up to riding about fourteen miles, and I'm feeling as though I'm getting fairly accomplished. I hopped on my bike and began pedaling out of the parking lot.

As I proudly cruised past the little boys I heard one of them say, "That old lady is gonna ride a bike!"

The mental image I had of myself cycling masterfully down the road slowly dissolved into one more like this:

I think there's a lesson in pride here somewhere.


  posted at 4:10 PM

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

That is too funny!! I often think that young kids are thinking that when they see me pedaling over to the gym. But I don't do anywhere near 14 miles. Good for you guys!

I told DC I want to take a trip to SA in the spring. It would be so much fun to get together!

At 2:16 AM, Blogger Linds said...

Old lady indeed!!!! I don't think so - in your prime !!

You know, when I read this I suddenly realised how un-used I have become to the insults of old lady, old bag, old woman etc at school. And how much I love being surrounded by people who don't insult and huirt others. Hmmm. More food for thought.

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

Oh Linda...too cute! But really, 61 is definitely not old anymore...especially when you can bike for 14 miles! I'm so impressed!
And remember, with kids, 35 sometimes is an old lady. (And ahem...45!) ;)

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Marilyn said...

So funny! I wish THIS old lady...ME....could ride a bike that far.....or half that far.....or even one-four that far! I guess you get the picture....I'm pretty much out of shape! Maybe you'll inspire me! :)

God bless you!

Marilyn in Mississippi

At 3:11 PM, Blogger annette said...

How funny. Last year a couple of children commented on my husband and I riding bikes, they too were astounded old people were riding bikes.

Have a great day.


At 3:28 PM, Blogger Barb said...

You're too funny, posting that last photo. This happens to me so often any more, I'm almost beginning to get used to it. Almost.

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Hi Linda,
Fourteen miles is a wonderful accomplishment. Those much younger would be challenged to do that.
Your son's new home looks just beautiful. I love the stone work!

At 7:18 AM, Blogger Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Fourteen miles! I'm sure that's WAY MORE than that loud little kid could do!

At 9:12 AM, Blogger tonia said...


oh linda, this post made me laugh out loud! you are wonderful.

i am THOROUGHLY impressed with your 14 miles. i am going to have to test out my bike skills and see if i can keep up with you!

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

I'm still laughing... kids say the darndest (sp?) things. 14 miles, WOW, you are a pro in my book and deserve a medal. Just let that kid try to pedal for 14 miles. :)


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