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To Borrow a Phrase "I Don't Go Very Fast, But I Go Pretty Far"

Updated on February 9, 2013

A bicycle is still the best Christmas gift I have ever received. It brought me freedom of motion as well as freedom of imagination. On my bicycle, in my mind, I have traveled throughout this world and into many others!

When one is living in a large city that happens to be relatively flat, little to no humidity, whose city fathers are appreciative to bicyclists then why should one deprive herself of something that brings such pleasure? Even if one compromises with ones best friend and dons the dreaded, no more wind in the hair, helmet it would still be worth it! To be free, feeling strong, on a bike and daydreaming all the way to work, ah well, compromises must be made.

However, truth must also be faced.

1.       One of us is not as young as one used to be.

2.       One of us has never felt ones age, inside.

3.       One of us had to face the fact that one had aged not many years ago when one attempted to ride a bicycle again.

4.       One of us is exaggerating when one said that was the one and only time one of us has been on a bike since that time. (one of us tried to ride three times…one of us hurt so bad the tears lasted forever!)

5.       One of us desires to exercise and lose weight.

6.       One of us is walking regularly and one of us walked for forty minutes this week! (one of us also had to sleep in the next day/until after one o’clock in the afternoon.)

7.       One of us is going to get what she/uh/one wants.

I was given a bike at a very young age, I remember the Christmas day and it was unseasonably warm for Birmingham, Alabama so my sister and I enjoyed our new Bikes right away. I do not remember falling down; I had been practicing on one of the neighbors out grown rusty bike with training wheels that summer. All I remember is getting on, my sister and I sharing one blinding grin of delight and then we were off! Because of the era that I grew up in, my sister and I had a six square block area in which we were allowed total freedom; go and be home before dark was the rule other than the area we were allowed. Those were good times, wonderful memories. I have ridden a bicycle on and off through my  life up until I was in my middle thirties. Once it was time to get our kids bicycles, I stopped.

I should never have done that.

Because now I have to get my body to meet my mind and learn to ride all over again. Of course, all of this is contingent upon Hubby’s begrudging acceptance that his something something year old wifey will actually be able to safely arrive at Point B once out of his sight from Point A.

Now, don’t get the idea that my hubby is some old seal who is so macho he won’t ever allow (ha, as if) wifey to ride again. Let’s just say that he is a bit protective. OK very protective.  It’s his love for me as well as his personality as well as the seal part. I get that. However, living in our heart home and having seen the Wonderful changes in this city this something something year old is panting in anticipation of meeting the seven year old inside of her, once again.

Wolketrapper   courtesy of Tertia du Toit
Wolketrapper courtesy of Tertia du Toit

Please Honey Please!

I begin my attack quietly, smilingly, sweetly speaking

Of reminding Honey I am in my heart home, this is different 

Instantly I realize my critical choice of words has cost me

In this will of wits I would have to be more cautious.

After all, he is my best friend and knows my history

Including the last time I rode a bicycle...that did not go well at all

But I have huge hopes and I am optimistc I will prevail!

Stay tuned my friends for her wsh come true

Instead of Santa, it will be My Hubby that will come through!

But What Kind?

Now, my favorite has always been just an ordinary, one speed bicycle. One speed so called because the only speed it goes is as hard as you can peddle! I do remember messing with my little brothers ten speed bike…the chain was never the same after that ride…oh well, he was a boy, he didn’t care…much.

There are many different kinds on the market today. I even went through the MANY bicycle shops on line here in my desert home. Goodness, some are very pricey. I think my first car cost as much as some of these bikes! I do not want to ride one of those even on a test drive! If one needs to insure the thing, it had better have a moon roof, a spoiler, electric seats and a music box that won’t quit! Oh, wait, that’s my Saturn Ion coup J third one I’ve had and the best so far…but I need to walk and ride a little more…it can sit and look pretty, it does that soooo well!

The one absolute is a double basket over the back wheel. I saw one that folds up if you don’t need it! How cool is that? The other absolute is a big comfy seat and handlebars that I don’t have to reach too far out nor hunch over to reach. I think a twenty-six inch wheel should be just right, as I am not one to walk around with my head (literally) in the clouds. J I amuse myself…can’t help it, comes from a lifetime of hearing “Short people got nobody” and other such references.  Then a bicycle that has fat tires but not a mountain bike, just nice fat tires to make it easy to roll and steer. Then if one does get ones proficiency back to where one is able to turn loose of the handlebars on quiet residential roads ones best friend would probably never be the wiser!

What do you mean you’re gonna tell? Well! This is a fine thing I must say! After all the stories and amusing but little known facts I have shared!


I wasn’t really going to do it …probably not nearly as exciting as I remember anyway…maybe… (Heavily sigh filled with regret sounds offstage)

haha I did it you guys! oh I hope this helps my plea to hubby :) arent I just the most sneakiest!

Merry Christmas Barbara!

#1, Rudolph Way
North Pole, Canada

Tucson, Arizona
United States

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What a nice surprise Barbara!

Thank you for sending me your email all the way from Tucson! Speaking of Tucson, did you know that the elves love to listen to The Bobby & Brad "Good Clean Fun" Show on 94.9MIXfm because they read the "Emails to Santa" every morning? The Net sure is wonderful because now I never feel lonely all the way up at the North Pole. I can get those wonderful Christmas emails any time of the year now, but it's always special when I get one from you, Barbara.

Well bless my whiskers, Barbara! Are you fibbing to ol' Santa Claus?!? You can't possibly be 56 years old already! Why it seems like only yesterday that I was leaving presents for a certain little girl and here you are now, practically one of Santa's elves! (*grin*)

Sorry the presents the last little while probably haven't been quite as exciting as they were when you were a little girl but, well, you know how these things go (*wink*). Anyway, Santa's glad to see some of the 'older kids' (not to mention anyone in particular!) still take the time to write. I also hear you've been a sorta good girl. (Of course, you won't mind if I do a little checking, will you? HO!! Ho!! ho!!).

Let's see what you put in your letter for Christmas wishes: 1. one speed bicycle with a doube; 2. basket onn tha back and; 3. and that is all!!. HO!! Ho!! ho!! I see there's a bike on your list. That's a great present! Of course, you'll have to promise me you'll always wear a helmet and follow all the safety rules. Now one thing about a bike is that its very hard to fit a lot of them into the sleigh. So, I hope you won't be too disappointed if we can't fit enough of them in for everyone this Christmas.

Oh yes, before I forget Barbara, the elves really want you to visit my new blog! It is called Santa Claus' Christmas Blog. My blog is all about Christmas, life at the North Pole, and me, Santa Claus ! You can even write messages to me and see what others have written. I can hardly wait to see what you write!

Oh! oh! I just got a report from an elf that a little girl who lives close to you was being very naughty! Guess I better end my letter to you so I can change my Naughty & Nice List again. Take care Barbara and don't forget to come back and visit me here at on Christmas Eve!! And remember... only 72 more sleeps until Christmas!!

With All My Heart,

P.S. I've attached a special postmarked copy of your email below so you can print it off and show it to all your friends or put it on your fridge.

NOTE: Because this is a special letter from Santa Claus, it cannot be bookmarked! Please print your letter now to keep it or click on <File>, <Save As> to save your letter now. Then, to share your letter with family & friends, just attach the saved file to an email! Merry Christmas!

Tucson, Arizona,
United States

Dear Santa Claus,

My name is barbara. I am a girl and I am already 56 years old!! I live in the great city of Tucson. Of course, that's in Arizona, United States, but I'll bet you knew that!! This year I've been so good that, well, ok, maybe my halo has been to the repair shop a few times this year.

Santa Claus, some things I might like for Christmas this year are:
- one speed bicycle with a double ;
- basket on the back; and,
- and that is all!!.

Love, barbara


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    • RNMSN profile image

      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      YIPPEE!!!!!! I got my bicycle you guys!!!!!!!!!! got it last sat March the 13th a La Jolla from wmart...not the one I really wanted but the one I really wanted was 300 bucks soooo I LOVE my La Jolla its blue and slver..big fat tires, got a basket on the back...I can bring home 324 bucks of groceries plus my big leather purse I really need to turn into a backpack haha...took my bell out of the saturn/must replace it asap/and also put the bell and coral and a marble with a hole drilled in it on the handlebars

      woe betide thee who dares to touch my bike!!! its charmed to the hilt

      haha just kiddin geez you guys are such scaridy pants

      I gotta go ride now YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Melanie was one of my all time hubby was actually at Woodstock and says he doesnt remember her being there!!! but he remembered the Who of course!! and now Melanie a realtor? man!! :)

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      Deborah-Lynn 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      "I got a brand new pair of rollerskates, you got a brand new Key....." I love your reference to Melanie, she just never got the noteriety she deserved, and now she is a realtor in CA...! Love the reminescent perspective, you're Hub has such a flow of you attract such strange commenters...I do not know, lol!

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      ugh that is no fun at all...but I have some nice apricot tea that may taste nice to you? care for lemon with that :)

      taking your proton pump nhibitor?had an endoscopy? did they take a biopsy>nosy arent I?

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      itakins 8 years ago from Irl

      Put the kettle on;I'm on my way.

      I can really empathise on the GERD front...misery..was dx with barrett's early summer!

      Best of luck with convincing other half...!

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      oh thank you Maggs itakins and ethel :) I have re-redad all of you remarks to my David andto baby girl :) gotta keep up my coert operation you know :) and I think I may very well email it to santa as well :) who knows? lol and tons of love to you guys thank you/you've made my to really show my age..I have been without my proton pump inhibitor (prilosec) for two weeks and spent the lst 3 nights in agony...I am walking to Albertsons after I write this to get some relef :( GERD IS HORRIBLE ) also walking is part of my C. O. :) to get my bike...and the medical info says execise improves I hope so!!

      Wicklow must have a lot of hills and or high humidity itakins? thats what happened on the gulf coast with me! come on why dont all you guys move over here with me wont we have a blast!!!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I think we must be very alike lol

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      itakins 8 years ago from Irl

      Oh,this is so funny!You should email this to santa@lapland and check out if he exists, he might just come up trumps for you.

      Go find that 7 year old and say hello from another wanna be 7 year old who lives in the hills of Wicklow and gets SOB just thinking about riding a bike..

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      maggs224 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      Oh Barbara we really did grow up on the same street lol. I loved my bike I had a three speed bike with a basket on the front and two panniers on the back and I rode that up to about ten years ago. It was a bit of a wreak but I loved it, I remember once I left it outside the post office unlocked while I went inside when I came back out some one had stolen the chain and lock that I used to chain my bike up with but left my bike.

      My husband thought that it was hilarious but he said the chain was probably worth more than the bike. That made him go out and buy me a new bike because he thought the other one was getting past being safe. I was riding it until we came to Spain five years ago, but since being in Spain I have not ridden it because where we live we have Concrete lorries that are driven by lunatics and I don't think the roads are as safe as back home. I sold it a few months back so I am bikeless at the moment. Where you live sounds ideal for bike riding.