My short bob is all over the place. I remember a time my mother would claim, “We have to tame your hair.” I still hear you, Mom, but I am wearing it untamed today. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it was a deeply satisfying morning, but I’m feeling a bit untamed myself. Today is one of three City Streets in which Park Avenue is open to cyclists, runners and pedestrians. I took out my low bicycle and headed west to Park Avenue at 6:45 for a 7 a.m. start. I trudged up a small hill, understanding this was the only practice I’d get before riding on the northern hills of Park Avenue.
My helmet was on, my fanny pack in place. My curls sprouting from said helmet. I have been inspired by Jennifer Weiner’s long-distance rides, though this was not nearly as intrepid. I took off, surprisingly less judgmental about runners on the left where bicycles were directed to go. The slopes, which seem less of an incline when walking, felt particularly high when seated on my bicycle. I silently chanted from The Little Engine That Could, a childhood favorite, “I think I can, I know I can,” while trudging up the hills. It felt like one minor accomplishment after another enjoying my seven-mile ride.
I dropped my bike off and Lucy and I went off to the local farmer’s market. I had passed by on my way home while they were setting up, though when I returned the lines were long. I waited patiently. While I meditate to have patience, and I work on having patience, long lines and my precarious patience are not always a good match. Today, though, I easily had patience. Even when a woman claimed to have a spot in line in front of me, though I had never seen her before, I just let it be. Clearly getting to the register first mattered in some way I couldn’t understand.
When I got home I made gazpacho. I followed a simple recipe with the vegetable I procured from various farmers, and enjoyed it for a non-traditional, late breakfast. I had forgotten how much I love it. And, if that weren’t enough, the weather is beyond splendid. It’s cool with a breeze, something more akin to May than August. But I’ll take it. Lucy seems happy with it, too. She wasn’t clamoring to come back home as she often is in the sticky humidity.
All in all, it was a great morning. I’m grateful for days like today. This week was strenuous. A lot of tough emotions in and around me. This unexpected break has been a gift. Perhaps a nap today? Why not?
- Stand with your feet apart and stretch out your arms so that your fingers are pulled out to either side. Take up space. Affirm your place on this earth.
- Challenge yourself to climb a metaphorical or actual hill. What would have you enjoy a feeling of accomplishment? Can you take a step to get it done? O do you have the time and energy to complete it? Once done, acknowledge yourself for what you’ve undertaken.
- Take a short summer vacation with a Jennifer Weiner book. Her latest is: The Summer Place. I’ve enjoyed her stories and books since Good in Bed in 2001.