Monday, October 15, 2012

Just Like Riding a Bike

For the last several days, my mother-in-law has been out visiting us from California. She's a lovely, petitie woman, who is full of life and energy (and who happens to walk faster than anyone I have ever met, despite her 4'11" frame). Unfortunately, her visit coincided with the arrival of a flu/cold for me and the day she arrived it took everything in me to put clothes on and smile at her as Sam walked in the door after picking her up from the airport. It's amazing what the flu can do to our bodies and mental state.

Despite my tiredness and general lethargic state of being, we decided we would give a bike ride a try the day following her arrival. My mother-in-law has not been on a bicycle in 30+ years, so I was a little nervous to see how things would go. I was fairly certain if we put the saddle all the way down she would do fine on my loop frame Public as far as size was concerned, but I had a bit of fear that she would not remember how to ride or that she'd topple over on her first go.
A bit camera shy, my mother-in-law didn't make it into a photo
After Sam put the saddle down (and fixed a flat that happened randomly while the bike sat in its parking spot), she got on to test it out. To my utter surprise, my lovely M-I-L took off with ease, pedaling in circles and just trying to make sure she knew where everything is on the bike. 

Ultimately, we went for a fairly short ride into town, but it was such a great experience to see someone who hadn't been on a bike in decades enjoying herself. While riding I couldn't help but proclaim, "I guess there's a reason for the saying about never forgetting how to ride a bike." She laughed and added, "Yup. It really is 'just like riding a bike.'" 

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  1. I think she had a great time, and it really was about the smoothest transition from non-riding for 30+ years, to riding. It's such an odd thing, but it never occurred to me that I had never seem my mom ride a bike!

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  2. The ride with your MiL sounds like a lot of fun and I'm impressed as heck that you took a ride with the flu. Oof. I hope that you're feeling better.

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    1. {laughing} Well, we didn't go very far, so it wasn't too taxing. :O) It's been more difficult to continue to go to kickboxing twice a day. I'm on a mission though and no pesky flu is going to keep me down. {Suddenly singing: "Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride... no body gonna slow me down, oh no... I got to keep on movin'.} I'm definitely on the mend now. I still have lots of the nastiness in my head and lungs, but at least I feel better. :O)

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    2. It's a good thing I like that song because you've totally earwormed me. :p

      I'm glad that you're on the mend. You ARE a machine!

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  3. She bowled through the flu/cold, nearly non-stop, with the exception of one day. G.E. has been a machine lately.. well always!

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