Best Toys

I was very much an outdoor kid and loved all the fun outside gifts like sleds and bicycles. My momma had to hunt me down to get me to come inside when it got late so I could take my bath for school the next day. If I could be outside, I was. I had several different sleds. I had the long one with the fancy steering mechanism but I also had the saucer one- you know the one- the silver one made of tin shaped in a huge circle. It was an amazing thing to skid down the hill on. It spun in circles and was awesome. The one we steered wasn’t as much fun but you could carry a friend on it so that was a different kind of thrill.

I had the girl’s bike with the banana seat. I started out with a basket on the front but I ditched that pretty quickly. I rode that sucker all over the place. I was a speed demon as well. I broke an arm once on a curve when one of my friends cut too close and her front tire hit my back one. I fell and she swerved to get by. The next friend in the race ran over my arm right at the elbow. I got up and rode home. My mom came out screaming hysterically about the angle of my arm. I thought it was cool because I had tire tracks running up my arm. They took weeks to fade.

Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas to you all – If you get a chance to ride a sled, ride one for me. I miss it.

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8 Responses to Best Toys

  1. Laurie Ryan says:

    We could ride anywhere when we were kids, couldn’t we? During the summer, we’d grab breakfast, then head out on our bikes, not coming home until we were hungry. Sometimes not even then if the mom who’s house we were currently at made us some lunch. Being home for dinner was mandatory, though. We had so many adventures, yet we never left the neighborhood. 🙂 Thanks for the ride down memory lane.

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  2. Micki Gibson says:

    Merry Christmas, Jillian! I have never experienced the thrill of sledding. Consequence of growing up in FL and never traveling far enough north as a kid. Anyhow, the hubby and kids got me a Christmas present that brings back the kid in me and they encourage me to get outside…roller skates! Not inline skates, but good ol’ fashioned 4-wheeled, break at the toe, roller skates. It’s to provide inspiration for my Lisette story. Oh, and maybe a little exercise too. 🙂

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  3. Guess who never learned to ride a bike??? Oh, well, we won’t even go there. Sounds like you had a blast, though.
    We almost never get ‘sledding snow’ here,; there is a possibility of some tonight; the kids have their fingers crossed!.
    We had fun sledding when we were kids , although even in DC we only got ‘good’ snows only a couple of times a year.My kids had good sledding for short bursts in Denver, but in the city and suburbs, the snow usually melts there surprisingly quickly. When there is a ‘good’ snow here, they grab their kids and any willing female and look for a hill to use!
    I hope today goes fantastically for you!

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    In decent weather, we were always outside also.
    And bikes were able to take us ANYwhere in town, even miles from home.
    I was still enjoying bike riding into the early 1980s.

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