Truthful Tuesday — Memorable Gift

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know about memorable gifts. He asks:

What gift that you received as a child still sticks out in your mind today? What made it so memorable?

My first two-wheeler (bicycle) was probably the most exciting gift I remember getting. I think it was a birthday present. I recall that I was only the second kid in my neighborhood to have a two-wheeler. It made me feel like a big boy, having made the leap from tricycle to bicycle and I took to it like flies to shit. Okay, perhaps that’s not an apt analogy, but I was thrilled.

My new bike gave me the freedom to expand my horizons, to explore my little corner of the world. I could ride my bike to school rather than walk or take the bus. I could visit friends without having to ask my mother to drive me. It was great.

Interestingly, I can’t remember the brand of that first bike. Maybe it was a Schwinn. And I don’t remember what color it was. Yet I do remember both the brand and the color of the second bike I got. It was a Raleigh 3-speed English Racer in black. Maybe that’s because I picked that bike out myself.

So perhaps it was actually my second two-wheeler that was more memorable than my first one.

4 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday — Memorable Gift

  1. Marleen December 22, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    My most memorable gifts were a 14-k gold birthstone ring (which wouldn’t quite fit on my pinky finger when I was fully grown) and a black three-speed bicycle. I had asked for a birthstone ring; it was nice to receive something I had clearly wanted (not that I had seen the particular style). The bike was a surprise (maybe a couple years later), and I used it happily for years. Thinking about it, it’s probably due to having the bike that I have so much of a summer memory of that neighborhood (outside of the golf course to which our back yard was attached). However, I also walked kind of a ways to school more than half of my days (in one direction for most of elementary school, and to one in a different direction for high school [college prep], while the particular school I attended was too far for walking during middle school or junior high… the last two grades offered at a private “grade school” or “grammar school” as people variously called them) and have memories from that walking as well. We, and sometimes I alone, did do a lot of walking around in the summer, too. But getting through some streets more quickly than you do walking gives you a different perspective.

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  2. Sadje December 22, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    The excitement of the very first bike is unmatched.

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  3. leigha66 December 28, 2020 / 4:00 pm

    My most memorable gift was a repeat gift. My older sister and I both got trips to the Mall of America for our 30th birthdays. It was a chance for Mom and the two of us to get away for a girls only trip. When it was my sister’s 30th I was a little upset. We went to a restaurant and she being 3 years older than me, got carded and I didn’t… made me feel so old! Ha, ha! We are discussing doing the same trip for our girls as they are only 1 and 1/2 and 3 and 1/2 years away from 30.

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