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We’ve started our days taking a walk together, my husband and I. It’s a shorter walk than I usually take in the morning, but I’m taking it easy for at least another week. The sun seemed to light the trees, and we could hear the cardinals calling to each other from dense branches and leaves. The temperature was perfect and we strolled along, my husband on the outside next to the street of course. He’s always a gentleman.
On our way back, we heard voices behind us and we turned to see who was coming. (People sometimes ride their bicycles on the sidewalks and give little notice when they zoom around us.) Two women rode next to each other in the street on two beautiful women’s bikes (no fancy extra gears for them!) and as they approached us, we called out, “We love your bikes!”
It turns out that they had both decided they needed the exercise during the lockdown, so they went to Walmart and bought matching bikes—blue with white stripes. The conversation went something like this:
Jerry: “Hey, it looks like your bikes match, except I see one of you has a rearview mirror. And a basket, too!”
Bike rider #2: “I’m thinking of buying the same things. They have some other nifty accessories.”
Bike rider #1: “Well, I already have a three-speed, but the gears are a pain, so we decided to get matching bikes.”
Jerry: “If you’re not careful, your $100 bike is going to be worth $1,000!”
Bike rider #2: “Well, if it does, I’ll come sell it to you.”
Susan: “You really should get a little ching-ching bell, too. No bike is complete without it.”
Bike rider #2: “Yes, I was thinking the same thing.”
For some reason, we all laughed. We wished each other a good walk/ride and went on our way.
It was just a simple exchange. Somehow, though, the sun seemed to shine brighter and our hearts were lighter.Published in