Today is the last day of school. The kids wanted to ride their new bikes, even though rain is in the offing. I wrote thank you notes to their teachers and hauled out my dusty Huffy mountain bike that I bought at the thrift store a few years ago for $7.99. That's seven dollars and ninety nine cents. My helmet cost more!
I have forgotten how much fun it is to ride a bike. Around here, we don't have great biking areas since our neighborhood is surrounded on all sides by highway, river, huge 4 lane roads. But we cruise around in our little neighborhood and wave to folks who are working in their yards or buckling up toddlers on the way to preschool. The dogs are mostly confined and the squirrels know to get out of the road ahead of us. I know I am supposed to follow all the traffic laws, but in this small neighborhood, I get a little thrill when I fly through a stop sign on my bike. (Never when the kids are with me, of course!) I love the speed of being on a bike.
So, the bikes are dusted and oiled. The pool is open. We are heading to the library tomorrow for summer reading lists and packing our beach bag with sunscreen and hats.
Summer is here.
And I am feeling appropriately lazy.