Cycling Behind My Dad

Cycling behind my dad
A new, countryside
Ice Cream shop
On a hot summer’s day.
Wearing my striped overall
Shorts, a butterfly applique
On the thick chest flap,
Close to the buckles,
Metal fasteners,
Long straps anchored
Shorts behind my back,
Over a white buttoned,
Riding right behind
The back of my dad,
Black belt around
Red Bermuda shorts,
Dark socks, brown shoes,
Strong legs.
Finally arrive.
The Cream Mill
Soft serve
Cold, creamy, sweet
Chocolate in a
Dry, airy, Styrofoam-like,
Cake cone.
Licking round,
Outside, catching the drips,
Smooshing cold, wet, soft lump
Down into the center with
Pursed lips,
Licking lips,
Yellow holder of
Chocolatey middle.
Dark clouds gather
In a distant sky.
Back on our bicycles.
Wind blows colder.
Darkness descends.
Lightning flashes, thunder rumbles.
“Stay close behind me!
Keep pedaling!” my dad
Pedaling like my life
Depends on it.
Drenching rain pelts my small
Staring straight ahead,
Dad’s bicycle wheel spewing
Could I feel my legs, feet on the
Rubber pedals of my
Blue, white Schwinn?
Cars pass whooshing water
On our left sides.
How I keep my bicycle upright I do not know.
Gripping handlebars tight, I hear my dad
“Laurie, are you pedaling?”
“Yes, Daddy, I’m behind you!
I’m right behind you!”
I holler
Through pouring rain,
Reassuring him, reassuring me.
Heart pounding, breathing.
Happily arrive
Parent’s House
Steep driveway.
Brake bike.
Climb off with rubbery legs,
Laughing with relief.
Walk inside
Soaked clear through every article of clothing,
Now cold, stuck like glue on
Goosebump skin.
Hug my dad.
A preview of
Coming attractions of
countless days,
Nights, pedaling through
Life storms.
Good to know
Stamina, strength,
Courage lived
Inside a little
Girl, who for this moment,
Felt the guidance, example of a
Dad’s bravery.

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The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy