Saturday, 17 March 2018

Need!


One of the things that I've given thanks for this morning in my 'Little Book of Gratefulness' is my Saris bike rack.  It's so lovely to be able to drive around with the bike on the back of the car without the fear that the whole kit and caboodle is going to drop off any minute.  Here's Little Blue in a random country lane yesterday.  I was heading up to Bristol straight after my visits for a weekend of cycling with Red Mel so I'd  popped the bike carrier on first thing in the morning.

It's my weekend with Lou.   There's a notable absence on the back of the car of his bike.  That's because he's grown out of it.  He's shot up over the last year.  I decided to get him a new one for his birthday and give it to him a fortnight early.

In the scheme of 'want, need, wear,  bikes are a 'need' in my book.  Once we've parked up when we're away in the motorhome  they become our only means of transport.  For a teenager without motorised transport they're essential too.   But how was I going to surprise him with a new one to use for the weekend?

'How stupid am I!' I said, when he got into the car at the school.  'I forgot to bring your bike.'  It seemed like an unfeasibly massive oversight on my part but Lou bought it.  My reputation for being a bit dippy is legendary.  'We'll have to hire a 'Boris Bike' when you're in Bristol.    I told him.  'That's okay.' he said.  'My one's too small anyway.'

We pulled off the M5 into the car park of Halfords.  'I need some oil for the car.' I told him.  'You'll have to come with me and help carry it.  There's two heavy containers.'  A little debate ensued about why I needed to do my own servicing but I got away with it.   I showed the guy at the checkout my e-order number.  He directed me upstairs to the bike department.  'Why are we going up there?'  asked Lou.  'I've no idea.' I replied. 'Perhaps it's health and safety.'

'I'll carry one and you carry the other.' said Lou as we were waiting for our collection.  I couldn't believe that I was still pulling off such  a preposterous story.  At that moment this funky bike arrived out of the storeroom, ideal for a tall teenager.  'I think you've got the wrong thing mate.'  said Lou to the shop assistant.  'She ordered oil!'.







23 comments:

  1. Naughty Mama. Hope he liked it. Enjoy your weekend away. Catriona

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    1. And now to get home in a little bit of snow! xx

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  2. What a brilliant surprise! What was Lou's reaction?

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    1. He loves it and says it is amazing but focused in the shop on the fact that I am an embarrassing mother. xx

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  3. This reminds me of the time my Dad took me age 11 to Grandads house to pick up my 'new' bike ( we only ever had secondhand!) so I could bike to the Big School bus pick up point. They took me to a shed in which was a rusty broken old thing and I promptly burst into tears which caused Dad and Grandad much hilarity because My Real new bike was in another shed - it wasn't rusty and was good red and cream.
    But they completely spoiled my surprise...cruel I thought

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    1. Agreed and it’s the kind of thing my own father would also have done, and found funny.

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    2. This sort of thing happened to me a lot as my birthday is April Fool's day. I came to expect it. xx

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  4. Great surprise. I bet he was thrilled.

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    1. He was after a few moments of stunned silence! xx

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  5. Such a cool bike! Being on the market for a “need” bike myself, I wish somebody would do this for me. Picking the right bike (and actually delivered) is difficult.

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    1. If they come delivered you often have to build them yourself (as I discovered at my cost). xx

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  6. Lovely! Having a bike is great for teens with the freedom it gives them.
    Arilx

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  7. Wow what a really lovely story!!! Wonderful.

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  8. What a lovely story, and one Lou will tell his own children some day for sure! JanF

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    1. He may even play the same trick. xx

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  9. Julie pulls it off! Well done. xx

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    1. Thank you. It was touch and go whether I would on a few occasions there. xx

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  10. You are such a fun mum & your Louis reaction was
    great too x

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    1. My son thinks otherwise. Embarrassing mum is his take on it! xx

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