A couple of years ago, I spotted this bike in a magazine. It just made me laugh! I showed it to Evan, my beloved, and sure enough, he tracked it down and I had the most wonderful birthday surprise that year!!
I love Miss Daisy. She is big and heavy and only has three gears... but, I'm doing this for exercise, aren't I? Riding Daisy reminds me of a time when I was training for a marathon... well into a 20 mile run... feeling very tired and not really having a good run. Then, I spotted a balloon bouquet, past its prime, hovering just above ground level being blown gently along by the wind.
Immediately, my spirits were lifted and I felt a new burst of energy. I chased down the bouquet and tied it to the back of my water bottle belt. I looked a bit like a crazy peacock with a balloon bouquet for a colorful tail.
Now, the point of this story is that I found that experience to be a very revealing study of human nature (I'm always fascinated by experiments). As I finished that run with cars passing by, I was amazed by the diversity of response by the people. Pretty much, they fell into two categories. The first and most common was an immediate expression of surprise and joy! They honked; they waved. I made them smile; they made me smile in return. A win win situation. Then, there was the second group; they were predominated by expressions of incredulity and disdain. Just unhappy. And, unhappy that I would be happy or silly or crazy enough to strap a big bouquet of balloons on my butt.
I'm so glad I live in the first group (most days).
Driving Daisy is a lot like that accidental experiment in human nature. Folks usually respond in one of two ways. I'm happy to report that most seem to, just like me, smile when they see the big old colorful girl.
I think we have to keep our eyes open for things that make us smile... lift our spirits... give us moments of joy.
I hope you find your moment of joy today.
I'm adding this to Theme Thursday-- Bicyles... just couldn't help myself. LOL.