Ah, May! Sweet, sweet May. I don’t know what it is about May but it just brings out all kinds of craziness, like:
1. Old men with what looks to be white legs that have possibly been bleached. I mean don’t know how they get them so freakin’ white! Is that even natural? Healthy? Is there a condition that causes that? I’ll check WebMD later so I can give my dad his official diagnosis. I thank God for that website, because I was finally able to find a name for my condition. Turns out it is hypochondria. I’m not sure if it’s hereditary but I am 400% sure my mom has it too. Environmental maybe? Should we be checking the PH levels of our water supply?
2. Young women in shorty shorts. I’d tell you gals to respect yourselves and buy yourself a pair of Bermuda shorts, but that’d just be because I’m jealous I can’t pull off even standard shorts any longer. Keep your *ahem* business *ahem* covered and enjoy it while you can. I swear to you it will not last. Sorry, sister. There will be a day that you are cursing in the aisles of Target (yes you’ll buy 80% your clothes there someday) because they “just don’t make shorts like they used to” and you think they all seem SO short. Oh, and if you ever have a teenage daughter like I do, it’ll be 1,000 times worse. Just trust me and wear the Bermuda shorts.
3. Last but not least, there are all these Bikers out there in full force! Um, Hello Spring! These Harley, Honda, Kawasaki, and whatever other Japanese-made 2 (and some 3) wheel riders are literally EVERYWHERE!
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I’m not exaggerating, folks. I saw them on every street and at every stoplight today. I had my assistant snapping pictures because I couldn’t believe just how many there were. Honestly, there were easily another 2 dozen that I didn’t have photographed.
And you know what’s CRAZIER?? I even saw one while I was only just trying to fill the gas tank of my minivan as I toted around my precious kiddos from store to store as they begged me to take them home so they could play outside with their friends.
Wait, Bikers? Motorcycles? That’s not really crazy, is it? Isn’t that’s actually just as ordinary as old men with pasty white legs this time of year?
Yeah, it is.
Do you know WHY I saw motorcycles everywhere? I saw them because I was looking for them. Some of them I heard, others I only saw with my eyes as their pipes were whisper quiet (or they were parked enjoying a picnic on a lawn of a local business. Bikers eat too. They’re normal-ish people). I was looking twice. I ignored the multiple beeps on my phone that were the result of a group text. Oh those darn group texts, I love them and I hate them. Either way, they can always wait. My phone is for MY convenience, not everyone else’s, so I respond when I am good and ready. I was alert today. When I put myself behind the wheel of my 4,652lb van I am responsible for not only the people in my vehicle, but also for all of the people on the road that cross my path. Some of them may be in little family cars, others in dorky (or is it trendy?) hybrids, some in minivans (those are my people) and many on motorcycles. I promise to look out for all of them.
Would you please do the same?
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, but look for them from spring until after the snow flies.
Look Twice. Save a Life!
Are you dreaming of riding your own bike but you haven’t quite hit the throttle? The Abate of Iowa website is a great starting point. Click on the “Riders Education” tab to see if there is a Riders Ed class available near you.
Sara Broers says
A great post with a great reminder. Spring time brings out a lot of things that we are not used to, as we have hibernated for a few months.