A few years ago I started a list of The Ten Thousand Pleasures of My Life, and the first item on the list is a purple bicycle with a silver glitter banana seat. My dad took me to the Schwinn store for my eighth or ninth birthday and let me pick out any bike I wanted. I don't know why, or how, in all the old family photos none can be found of the purple Schwinn, but it looked similar to the one above.
I loved that bike, and it took me all over the neighborhood for years. One day I took my little sister around the block "riding double" behind me on the banana seat and her heel got caught in the spokes of the back wheel, just like Mama warned us could happen, and Sister had to be taken to the pediatrician's office to get stitches to close the gash. That was unpleasant for all of us, most of all for Sister, but it didn't keep me off the bike for long. I was pretty cautious about "riding double" from that day forward, but I still remember the great pleasure of owning and riding my very own purple Schwinn with a silver glitter banana seat.
From time to time I will share more from The Ten Thousand Pleasures of My Life.
Posted by Julie at 8:40 PM