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.