To the two guys who stole my bike
Friday, July 24, 20096 Comments
To the two guys who stole my bike,
Please take care of my old, rusty red Schwinn bicycle. It has served me well since 1992.
That front basket has carried thousands of groceries over the years, along with construction supplies, toys, books, school stuff and clothes. When my daughter was little, that bike pulled her Wike trailer along trails, streets and through towns. She has wonderful memories of her Wiking and used to pile it full of toys, dolls and books to keep her company as we went from place to place.
I hope you get to form some lovely memories with my bike too. When I returned to university full-time last year, we sold our car and my bike is transportation as long as I can ride it, rain, snow, or wind, so enjoy the freedom it gives you to get around. I hope you enjoy the comfy seat and the smooth ride as much as I have. As I have rheumatoid arthritis, my bike has given me an easy way of getting places without too much strain on my old body (I'm 51). Watch out for the rear fender spoke, though, it has caught my leg and torn the skin a couple of times—as recently as last week and I am still covering up the gash with a bandaid waiting for it to heal.
Like many students, I live in poverty—which means so does my daughter (she's 14). It also means I can't afford to replace my beloved bike. I realise you were tired of walking home after a night at the bar and even though I heard you laughing and talking together, I never thought it was because of my bike. I guess the joke was on me.
So please enjoy my bike and if you decide to give it to someone else, please give them this message.
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