I don’t write this to appease an audience. I write what comes to mind when I’m riding or how I feel about a certain event or day. I had a great ride today! It was, unbeknownst to some, exactly what I wanted it to be. I rode with a group for about 20 miles, then separated and ended up solo. Ok, the truth is I was riding above my usual level and I kept up just fine in the flats, but I lagged about 200 yards behind after a bridge and I didn’t try to catch up. I was in my neighborhood near Clearwater Beach and I was planning some time alone on the bike anyway. (I remembered my phone this time) So I took the opportunity to do the rest of the ride my way. Guess what, I get to do Mother’s Day my way now too.
I heard on the news that Mother’s Day has surpassed Valentines as the busiest flower holiday. I don’t remember ever giving my mom flowers. Maybe a corsage for Mother’s Day? I do remember picking flowers for her. We usually had a few in our yard by May. I’m not a big fan of card and flower holidays. I did find a few of the cards that I sent to Mom from Charlotte and KU. I guess they were a big deal to her. So now, I have this day and I want to spend in a way that I think honors and connects me to Mom. I challenged myself to ride faster. I climbed three bridges, and added on three repeats of the Curlew overpass standing. I rode solo, and didn’t feel alone. I met a new friend, I learned more about biking. I went to church and learned about the Book of Ruth and Hesed. I took a short nap. Spent time with friends. I have seen about five of the seven “Moms” that have come into my life around here this week. I was a good, no great, mom to Boji today. These are all things that “I” did, but really I wasn’t alone.
Hallmark can make up behave a certain way by promoting a holiday. The truth is, I like to celebrate in unconventional ways. If MS has given me anything, it was another angel. So I celebrated Angels Day today and nobody could have told me how it was supposed to be done… except an angel.