Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Day 16: High Speed Corners

Do you remember when you first realized that you could go really fast around a corner on your bike? Then you made a little course with three or four corners perfectly spaced so that you could take each corner with maximum velocity. You were totally one with the bike.

Today while driving down the street I saw a little girl who seemed to have discovered the joy of high speed corners. The wind was blowing through her hair and stirring the streamers at the ends of her handle bars. The late afternoon sun made the glitter paint on her bike sparkle. She zipped down the sidewalk, turned sharp across her lawn, careened through the carport and cornered back onto the sidewalk over and over again. She radiated excitement and joy. For a moment I was seven years old racing behind her feeling the elation of high speed corners once again. Watching her was almost as good as discovering the thrill for the first time myself.

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