Hair Flowing Freedom – BiteSizeMemoir

Hair Flowing Freedom – BiteSizeMemoir

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein

#BiteSizeMemoir prompt from Lisa Reiter at Sharing the Story asked that we write about cycling this week. This brings up a lot of memories for me. Here are my 10 x 1 I remember.

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I remember my training wheels coming off as my father held the back and ran beside me as excitement and fear co-mingled within;  that was a good day.

I remember a banana seat, flowers, and the color pink.

I remember loving, when I was old enough, that I could ride by myself around the complex and down the little roads that wove between the German garden plots.

I remember closing my eyes as I pretended to fly on those roads, peddling slow and fast, feeling the freedom that I craved.

I remember meandering and dawdling not wanting to point my bike home.

I remember a tandem bike ride with my grandfather (my father’s father), of his smile (which didn’t happen often), and a Denny’s breakfast.

I remember a family bike ride, my sister falling, and her knees embedded with gravel; my stomach revolted when I discovered the doctor had to scrub the gravel out of her knees.

I remember putting my young daughter on my back as I rode my bike around town, enjoying each moment I had when it was just she and I.

I remember spending time teaching her how to ride her bike when that day came; five being the magical year of learning this new skill.

I remember how much I love riding and can’t wait to once again feel the breeze move through my hair as I fly down a road feeling free.


Now it’s your turn, what cycling memories do you have?


#BiteSizeMemoir by Lisa Reiter at Sharing the Story prompt this week is cycling.  I am enjoying participating in Lisa’s lovely BiteSizeMemoir, I hope you decide to explore it for yourself. You never know what juicy tidbits you will remember, or be triggered, from her prompts.


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22 thoughts on “Hair Flowing Freedom – BiteSizeMemoir

  1. Oh yikes! The gravel in the knees – I remember having that picked out with tweezers! But my favourite line is “enjoying each moment I had when it was just she and I.”
    ‘just she and I’ – Another lump in throat – thank you 🙂 Lisa x

    • Thank you Lisa, yes it was quite traumatic even though it happened to my sister and not me. I was always very cautious growing up (at least I thought I was), and she was the tomboy, being dangerous and climbing trees. I am older by about 3 years.

      Love to know that my writing evokes some emotion and I appreciate you letting me know.

      Peace to you.

  2. Yup–gravel in the knees killed any liking I could have had for biking! I’ve realized that the freedom I found on the back of a horse is similar to those who’ve found it on bikes. Never hot gravelly road-rash from a horse! 🙂

    • Give me a bike over a horse any day. A bike doesn’t sense your mood and decide to throw you or take a corner too fast (again and again) so that you fall off! Nope, I may love horses, their beauty and what they symbolize, but I’d rather have my bike. Oh and you don’t have to clean up after it or feed a bike.

      Thanks for stopping by Charli, always lovely to hear from you even when we disagree! =D

  3. Your memories brought up several of my own. That’s part of the fun with these Bite Size Memoirs, isn’t it? I sometimes can’t think of anything to write about until I see someone else’s! 🙂

    Gravel in the knees – yikes! Oh, and the tandem bike. I had forgotten about those, but I have a funny memory connected to one.

    • Hey Tui, I purposely don’t read the others until I have written mine because I want to make sure mine doesn’t sound like someone else’s. My mind starts churning as soon as I read the prompt. For me it is more about keeping it simple and not allowing it to grow too large for BiteSizeMemoir. I think that is why I stick with the 10 x 1s. Thanks for stopping by!

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