says another, brokering the idea of autumn rides.
I haven't given up and we are friends.
At least, I would still like to be friends.
Dear Oma and Lady Blue,I would like to still be friends with you
But here's the thing -
setting aside the thing about how suddenly (with the caretaking thing and
the horticultural reconstructive surgery thing and
the I-just-can't-get-my-act-together thing)
suddenly I can't seem to afford
that extra 20 minutes it takes to ride into town -
suddenly I can't seem to consolidate my trips into town
to once at the start of a day and back at the end of the day-
how instead it's zip-zip-zip zigzagging
from hill to river three four times a day.
And carting loads that would no way fit in my handlebar basket.
Setting aside all that,
and setting aside also the hostile forces
among the powers-that-be who have laid down a new rule
that kids can't ride the school bus from the transfer site to school
but only from home to school (a 45-minute bus ride, followed by a half-hour wait at the transfer site, followed by that 5 minute bus ride)
Setting aside all that
as stuff that could be worked around,
here is the real Thing:
I had a daughter-driver
to tote siblings from practice
with their backpacks of books and duffels of sweaty clothes,
in the dark, in the pouring rain, which rain I don't mind.
But I do mind whining and all that gusty griping.
Before, I had the option
of leaving my reluctant ones at home and biking alone,
letting them come along by car
if they couldn't be persuaded to join me in the cycling life.
Now it's all persuasion and capitulation. And mostly the latter. And mostly on my part.
Dear Wheels of Self-Propelled Progress,
I'm beginning again to yearn for you.
And that may be enough to get me out there.