I came across some writing prompts today aimed at children. Here’s a couple of things I wrote as a response:
The first time I rode a bike, I…
I have no recollection of the first time I rode a bike. I suspect it wasn’t a particularly significant day in my life. I do remember a day, probably around my birthday as it was gray outside, I was on the farmyard and my dad was behind me. I was on a red bike. I don’t really remember much else about it.
I do know that having a bike was my escape. In the evening, at the weekends, during school holidays I would cycle across the fields, up and down the yard. When I was older I would go out on the lane, cycling up and down. It didn’t really seem to matter where I was going, the destination wasn’t important. What was important was that I was away from the house. When I was old enough to cross the main road I would spend hours at my friends house. We were geographically convenient to each other. That’s not to say we weren’t good friends, we were, but I suspect we wouldn’t have been as close or spent as much time together if we weren’t the only people our age within cycling distance of each other.
I had forgotten how important a bike was to me when I was growing up. I’d forgotten the carefree feeling of doing wheelies and staying out as long as I could. I’d forgotten that having a bike was a reason to go out. “I’m off to ride my bike” was better than “I’m going to hang around somewhere else”. Essentially it provided a means of purposeful escape.
10 things I want to buy
- A trip to Asia, I’m thinking Cambodia for my next big holiday. I would go ahead and book it but I’m not really sure I’m actual fit for it.
- Trip to New Zealand and a ticket for a friend, ideally hire a campervan and just go from place to place.
- Health. If you could buy health I would do it and would buy some for friends who are struggling.
- Warmth. I guess this is really heating and I always feel guilty about the amount of energy I use on heating.
- Books. Because I always always want to buy books. Books make me happy. They are filled with possibilities and that excites me.
- Music. There’s a few CDs on my wish list and I’m finding silence difficult at the moment
- New camera kit – a macro lens, film to play with, a creative photography course (as opposed to learning the technical side)
- A tattoo by Rebecca Louise Vincent
- Wool. Knitting is helping my mental health. It’s also helping me learn the importance of pacing so that’s a win too!
- Dairy free ice cream. I was never really fussed about dairy free ice cream but the last six months or so have seen me constantly wanting more.
Interestingly I didn’t think I wanted to buy anything when I started the list. That’s consumerism for you.