After 2 weeks off at Christmas/New Years, I went back to work on the 3rd of January. Since then, I have had 2 days off, I have worked 22 of the last 24 days. This has my RA grumbling a bit more than normal but I will survive. As I typed that I immediately felt a strange alliance with Gloria Gaynor and her song from the late 70's. Odd how a simple word or two can pull up something that you have not thought about in decades. Now I can't get that crazy song out of my head.
Sunday was a beautiful warm day but I was so tired from work that I wasn't up to a full day of riding. I just decided to do a short urban ride instead. I didn't even put my boots, riding pants and knee pads on, just opted for jeans and my work boots. I did grab my heavy, black Fieldsheer jacket with pads built into it (weighs 11 pounds) and my Shoei DS helmet. I am really starting to like this helmet the more I wear it now. It looks like a dirt helmet but has a face shield that raises and lowers. It is unbelievably quieter than a regular dirt helmet with goggles. Anyway, while out exploring some dirt roads on the back side of the small town I live in, I turned down a road I have been by many times but never knew where it went. As I was riding down the road, I was soon greeted by a winding hill. I rode by a house where there was the cutest little girl, not more than 3 or 4 years old with long blond hair, riding a brand new electric ATV by herself in the front yard. She grinned big and did a dainty little girl wave at me. I waved back as I rode past her house and proceeded toward the hill. Turns out there was nothing much up that way so, after several miles, I turned around and headed back out the way I came in. As I was dropping off of the hill I could see she was still riding in the front yard. I got closer and she stopped and again did her dainty little wave at me. This time however after getting closer, I could see that she had put on a tiny black jacket and her bicycle helmet. I couldn't help but grin big underneath my helmet while waving back at her again. I don't know if I inspired her to put them on or if her parents, no one was outside with her (which really bothered me), made her put them on. She reminded me so much of my daughter at that age ... somedays it's just the little things in to make you smile.