Girl Power

This mountain hill slope and I, we have issues. It’s steepish, bumpy and often crowded. I’m no longer nervous about riding down it, but climbing all the way up seemed an unattainable goal, until recently.

My first Brompton, an M3L, could get me just over halfway before I had to dismount and trudge. Now that I have six gears, I can cycle to the top! Still not a snap, but getting easier every day.

Last night I took this photo after achieving the summit. (Yes, I know it looks like nothing. Work with me here.)

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That dot at the bottom is a girl beginning her ascent. I watched her pedal doggedly upward, and smiled at her when she made it, triumphant with her pink bike and yellow flowered helmet. (She was 9 or 10, I’m guessing.) “Was that easy for you or hard?” I asked. “HARD!” she replied. “Well, then, we are both brave and awesome!” I said. We fist-bumped. I would have asked for a photo, but reason prevailed: no doubt I had already muddied what she’s been taught about talking to strangers, even harmless-looking old ladies.

It was A Moment, even sweeter for being shared.



About Unfolded NYC

I live in Manhattan with a husband, two cats and a Brompton M6L named Monty. Contact me: unfoldednyc at gmail dot com (you know what to do)
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5 Responses to Girl Power

  1. Well done girl (both young & old). No doubt, Monty is very proud of you.

  2. Unfolded NYC says:

    Aw, thanks, Ian! Monty and I are becoming a good team.

  3. Saul says:

    Congrats?..certainly deserves a Levain reward

  4. Unfolded NYC says:

    A little existential querying seems appropriate for a Friday, Saul! Thank you. I brought Levain cookies in for a colleague’s birthday…maybe he’ll share.

    Hope you’re feeling better.

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