I believe now that abject humiliation builds character. So when I got a great deal on a girl's bike at a garage sale last year, I snatched it right up. My husband was indignant. He insisted on removing all the flower stickers and then spray-painted the seat black. Of course by the end of the summer, my sons would inevitably show up with a charcoal-colored asses.
|If you ignored the purple pedals and handlebars, who would know?|
|I love the complimentary shades of purple.|
Mid-summer, I started hauling out the boys' bikes to adjust the seats and check the tires. Joe's older brother, John, quickly spotted our assortment of pink and purple two-wheelers. He didn't say anything at the time, but apparently his own wheels were turning.
A few weeks later during a family celebration, John surprised Joey with a brand new bike for his 4th birthday:
|It really doesn't go with our current color scheme.|
I thanked John's wife again recently for such a great gift, and she told me that John, a man of few words, would only say, "No Godson of mine is going to be seen around Beverly on a girl's bike."
Which now leaves me only two boys to publicly embarrass over the next few years. I'm thinking of starting them up on Irish Dancing next Spring.
(By the way, I have to credit the inspiration for this blog: Mrs. L. For loyal readers, she is the wife of the guy who laced my kids' hockey skates all last season to prevent my nervous breakdown. She posted a picture of a girls' lost bike helmet on Facebook to try to locate its owner. My honest-to-God reaction was: "Geez, if nobody claims that, it sure would go great with Jack's bike." And that's how blogs are created. A picture of the helmet included below in case anyone out there really does know the rightful owner and doesn't want me to get my hands on it to further damage my sons):
|Seriously, it's perfect.|