My Mother’s Bike

Portland is a bicyclist’s town.

Take my daughter, Wee-hey.

She bikes to work with the countless denizens who choose this method of transport. Wee-hey pedals my mother’s ancient bike from Sears.

I was about 8 years old when my step-dad bought mama her bike one Christmas, a black 3-speed from the Long Beach department store. She loved that bike.

On weekends we would ride our bikes through the track homes, a cluster of houses built with funds given to war veterans. My parents called them GI Bill houses.

We made quite a picture with a line of two adults and four kids—sometimes six when my step brother and sister joined us.

When we moved overseas my mother loaned her bike to my uncle, who had a passel of children, and where it would get good use. I reclaimed the bike when I returned to the US for college.

The bike now belongs to Wee-hey, some 50 years later.

She urges the bike forward with its one remaining gear, regardless of the little hills that force her to stand while biking.

She’s a true Portlander.

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About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. She is enrolled with the Osage tribe.
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One Response to My Mother’s Bike

  1. txhsabullprobra1988 says:

    Reblogged this on Ashley King Weblog.

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