I was super stoked when Schwinn sent me a new bike. I totally get why parents give their kids a bike at Christmas. It is the perfect wow gift.
The bike came in a huge box, and Penelope had fun playing in the box for a couple of days. Don’t you sometimes wish you were two and that you got excited by a cardboard box? Her innocence and creativity takes my breath away, I wish I could bottle it up forever.
So, since it came in a box, it meant that someone was going to have to put it together. I wear many hats, but bike-builder is not one of my titles. The hubs took this project over for me.
After working for about 45 minutes to put it together, I hear him talking to himself, saying “I think I should read the directions.” At this point, I am almost peeing in my pants laughing at him because he was so serious. It had literally JUST dawned on him that it might, just might, be a good idea to glance at the directions.
As soon as it was ready to go, I decided that it needed a vintage inspired basket to compliment the bike’s vintage look. I love that it is white and pink. Peter has a red Schwinn beach cruiser, so now we have matching bikes. Awwwwww.
In my head, I had the idea of getting a shot of all of us going on a bike ride together. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a personal photographer on hand all the time, so that idea got shot to you know where.
One evening after coming home from a meeting, there was still some daylight and Penelope was already asleep, so I coerced my babysitter to come outside and take pictures of me on my new bike.
I thought it would be oh so artsy and hipster of me to get some shots of me from the back.
Out of like 25 million pics, this is the one where my rear end looked the least deformed. Getting a picture of you riding a bike sounds like it would be a cute idea, but unless you are Heidi Klum there is no way to get a good angle of your butt.
And then there was this issue. I could not stop laughing. I was trying to ride slow and I about fell over from laughing so hard at the absurdity of paying my babysitter to take pictures of my butt. Life’s a ride alright.
If we’ve learned anything from more than a century of building bikes, it’s that some things never get old. From that first taste of freedom, when the training wheels come off, to the wonder of a parent letting go, and all of the ups and downs in between, magical moments in life happen on a Schwinn.
Life’s a ride. Enjoy it on a Schwinn.
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