In my last blog post, I told you about the bike that got away: a mint green Schwinn hybrid. All the other bikes on Craigslist did not compare to it. It became the holy grail of all bicycles! It fulfilled all the present day criteria for my bike purchase today. It also fulfilled all the little girl wishes too!
There is always a back story…
You see, when I was a little girl, as a twin, my mom had to buy two of everything at one time. She often had to make choices that agreed with her budget instead of our wishes. Mom bought my bike from Montgomery Ward–a now defunct department store–where she had a credit card. She probably spent the next year paying off two bikes for my twin sister and me. Secretly, I wished for a “Schwinn” like the ones on the TV commercials.
Don’t get me wrong, I was so grateful for any bike, but secretly just a little disappointed that I did not get the Schwinn I wished for. And now, a full 50 years later, I realized I had the opportunity to change that disappointed little girl’s thoughts! My grown up self could finally buy what my young self really wanted. “Chrissie,” my inner child, was overjoyed!