My first (and only) bike!


   Christmas 1952.  It looks like I got alot of nice gifts, including a new bike.  But I’m not smiling.  Maybe I had just gotten up and didn’t have my “game face” on yet.

Orrrrr maybe . . .

   I wasn’t as excited about getting a bike as my parents were!  I think that’s my sister Martha Lou steadying the bike while Daddy tries to convince Mama to ride on the handlebars.

    Well, I see why he wanted her to sit on the handlebars — they aren’t going to get very far with her riding “side saddle”! 

By the way, we called the flat piece that she’s sitting on the “toter” because if someone rode on it, you were “toting” them!  But when we moved north to Indiana I was told by the kids here (besides that I had a funny accent) that it was called the “carrier”.  They had never heard of a “toter”.  But, I still always thought of it as the toter.     

From my first memories, I don’t remember any of my older siblings having bikes.  I guess as teens maybe they were already “too old” for them by then.  So, this was the first bike that had been around for a while, and it looks like it was a hit — at least with Mama and Daddy!  (and at least for one afternoon when the weather got warmer!)

I do remember wanting to have a bike, for the times when the other kids in the neighborhood wanted to ride bikes together.  But, I just don’t remember using it all that much.  Maybe because I was never allowed to go very far from home, so I didn’t need it for transportation.  All of my friends were within close walking distance.

It was baby blue and white and it really was a pretty bike.

8 Responses to My first (and only) bike!

  1. Hilary says:

    An appropriate post as we cycle through another year.. decade.

    Happy New Year, my friend. 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Hilary.

  3. My favorite bike was dark blue and had lots of chrome. No totter, though. It ended up having a basket on the front, so I could carry my piano books when I rode for lessons. It had a headlight and tail light that worked by pushing the generator-thingy against the front wheel – the faster I pedaled, the brighter the light shone!

    Oh, how I loved that bike!

  4. Sandra says:

    June — I think your fond memories of your beloved bike are more common than my so-so memories. It makes me feel a little out of step that I didn’t bond with the my bike like most kids do!

  5. C. Beth says:

    The bike might not have been for you, but I bet you loved that great big doll on the floor!

  6. Sandra says:

    Beth — I’m sure I did. I LOVED dolls. I think the big one was a new one, and the small blonde one was there because “Mrs. Claus” had made her a new set of clothes.

  7. lesley says:

    Ahhh…1952 the year I was born, seeing the b/w photo’s brought back so many memories Sandra. I loved dolls for Christmas, but my Mum said I always played with the box more than the doll! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, it certainly looks like you did. We had our son & daughter-in-law over, they are expecting their first baby & we are soo excited for them & us!! Happy New Year to you all.xx

  8. Sandra says:

    Lesley — When you mention being born in 1952, it occurs to me that I think that is about the time that I asked Mama for a little baby sister. (Of course, by that time she already had five children and was 45 years old — but 6 year olds don’t think about things like that.) See? If she had just complied with my simple little request, maybe God would have sent you to be my little sister in Missouri instead of to a family wayyyy over in England! What fun that would have been! Happy New Year, little “sis” I would have loved to have! 🙂

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