Back on the bike

Grot boy had waited patiently for my broken finger to heal after my bicycle accident  but he was getting very tired of going out for a ride on his own. While Bobby’s company was very pleasant and amiable, he wasn’t a very good motivator or coach, unlike Billy.

Each week after his ride, grot boy would say, “All the hills are just a little bit steeper and a little bit longer when I’m riding on my own. It’s so much easier when Hephie and Ccino and Dwight are out in front waving and encouraging me to keep up.”

Finally, the cast was off my hand and the doctors declared I was fit to ride. But I wasn’t quite so sure and kept finding a reason to postpone. The first week I explained, “Dwight wants to wash her fur today so I think I should stay home and help.” The next week I deferred again, “Ccino has been very naughty this week and he’s grounded so I better stay home and make sure he doesn’t get up to any more mischief.” Last week I was sure that Hephie was snuffling more than usual and should stay home in bed while I looked after him.

Hephie helping with gearsNow, I had no more excuses, but I had one condition, “I will not ever, ever again ride along THAT bike path.”

Hephie was very pleased to resume our cycling trips and had missed his weekly outing. It allowed him to spend the whole day waving and saying hello to everyone we passed by; and as we waited at traffic lights or crossings he would have a chat and make new friends.

“I’ll help you ride – I can’t quite reach the pedals but I can help change gears and use the brake if your hand gets sore,” he encouraged me.

Helmet on DwightDwight wasn’t as sure that riding with me again was such a good idea. “What if you fall off again? I don’t want to get scratched and bruised or break a bone,” she told us. It was only when grot boy promised to buy her a new bright pink helmet and extra safety gear that she agreed to come riding again with me.

Ccino’s only concern about our return to bike riding was that I would now be more sedate and cautious. “It won’t be any fun if you don’t go whizzing down the hills very, very fast. I don’t want to be stuck on the back of a granny bike,” he declared.

And I didn’t want to be a “granny” bike rider, so off we went, pedalling fast and panting hard to keep in front of grot boy.

©, 2014


What to do on a rainy day

It was a cold, wet, rainy and windy Sunday and there was unanimous agreement in the Grot family household – we were absolutely, definitely, no way going for a bike ride.

Having all very easily and quickly agreed what we were NOT going to do, agreeing on an alternative activity for our regular day of fun together was not nearly so easy.

Hephie wanted to go to the zoo and visit all his animal friends from DDA (deepest darkest Africa). When grot boy reminded him that it really wasn’t good zoo-visiting weather, Hephie was not deterred. “But that means we’ll have the animals all to ourselves. And besides, they might get lonely if no one visits them so we should go and keep them company,” he tried to convince us all.

Hot chocolate Vincentia-BobbyBobby suggested that we go to our favourite café. “We could have a nice hot chocolate, or two, or three, or lots, and then we’d all be warm and cosy,” he explained. “And maybe if we had a piece of hot honey and date pudding as well, then we wouldn’t get hungry.”

Dwight was not at all pleased by Bobby’s proposal. “Bobby I’m on a diet. I don’t want to eat lots of cake and chocolate and become all fat and squishy like you,” she objected.

I was expecting Ccino to suggest we all go to a bar and drink all afternoon, or perhaps to one of his favourite loud, scary movies, so I was surprised when he suggested we go to the art gallery.

“That would be nice,” grot boy encouraged Ccino’s interest in culture. “We can go and study the old Australian paintings by Streeton and Roberts and McCubbin.”

Surrealism _Ccino“No, no!” said Ccino. I’m not interested in all that old stuff. I want to go to the modern art gallery with the enormous long escalator and race everyone up and down the moving stairs,” he told grot boy.

“Then we can look at those crazy modern paintings and I can get some ideas for my graffiti,” he added.

©, 2014