Things haven't changed since I was in grammar school; the last days are all play and no work! Perfect chance to share my unicycle, Blanche, with my fourth-grade class. Promising I would bring her to school and ride before year-end, I thought today, Field Day, the best choice to cruise the campus. Field Day is packed with crazy zoo-like commotion, so what’s another pound on an elephant?
Remember my stage fright problem? The public-unicycle-riding therapy and miles of practice were leading up to a moment like this, where two-hundred kids would be watching. See, I did not want to fall, at least not alot. Cruising around the neighborhood has helped take away my nervousness… well, at least lessen it. I admit I prayed before rolling Blanche from my desk to the parking lot. I hopped on. Away we rolled. It went great, I did not fall and the kids loved it! I rode all over campus and through the gym. Most children had never seen a unicycle, let alone one in motion. It felt wonderful to share my circus talent and see the little people light up, ask questions and stare like I had three heads. What joy!
It is true that simple pleasures are life’s treasures!
Riding a unicycle is like life. To be successful and enjoy the ride, they both require tremendous balance and focus. I sit up tall, shoulders back and imagine I am holding one of my young boys under each arm. My best-friend-techie-husband’s hand on my seat (hubba, hubba) to guide me, and my two wiener dogs running alongside, looking like double Dumbos. As I train to ride Blanche, my unicycle, in a half-marathon, I think how good God is as the breeze blows my brown hair, a big smile on my face. Come along for a thrilling one-wheel ride while I do my best to maintain balance... but keep an open mind, there is always something new to learn!