So I took a little ride today, feeling all depressed and out of sorts. I've got some expensive dental work coming up and the stability of the job is always a question as is the future of our personal little piece of Health Care Coverage. Nothing special, just the normal stuff that makes one depressed a bit from time to time.
The weather was pristine and as I rode into the public park at the beach on Lake Ontario I noticed that it was a little crowded though not too bad. I was glad that I was on the SWB though as the Tour Easy would have been quite cumbersome in the more congested areas. I rode out to the end of the pier and back and then around the park some, mostly at less than 5 mph. Still feeling a bit meloncholy I ambled over to the Carousal to reminisce about bringing the daughters here when they were just little things. As I watched it during the loading process, I began to take notice of the riders. They were all men and probably only about five to ten years older than I. They all needed physical assistance mounting their horses but they were all happy. When the Merry Go Round started moving they all began to whoop and holler and smile, smile, smile. Now I'm not generally a softy, in fact I tend to gloat a bit as I ride by folks half my age who are huffing and puffing after slowly walking less than half a mile.....but as I rode slowly away form the Carousal, suddenly aware of my balance and agility, there was some moisture running from the corners of my eyes. It must have been sweat, yeah that's it...it was sweat, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!
At any rate, my problems had dis-appeared. The upcoming bills and the present uncertainties didn't seem very important any more. And deep down inside I secretly hope that the Carousal is still going 'round and 'round with all those happy riders having the time of their lives.