Tuesday, May 27, 2014

and this is why we listen to our brothers -insane as they are.

Over the weekend my brother suggested I ride on the handlebars of a bike while he drives. Insane, yes. But that's what brothers are for -insanity. "Come on", he said. "It'll be so fun." As one who takes very little convincing, I said "I love fun. Adore fun. I want to do fun things. I am so much fun." 

Of course this seemed like a perfect photo opportunity, so with Mom at the helm of the iPhone, we embarked on our journey. We pointed the bike uphill (because why make it easy) with the sun at our backs and I scooted myself right up between the plastic handles. The bike teetered and tottered and I threw my legs out to balance things a bit all the while he began to push us -Flintstones-style- until we'd gained enough speed for his feet to start pumping those pedals. I hooted and hollered like I was on a well-engineered roller coaster ride -all the while nerve-sweating profusely.

Mom snapped. And snapped. And snapped. The sun was golden kissing our wobbly selves. The shadows stretched and drama-inducing. The colors muted in gorgeous evening light. This was Pinterest-esque. It was obviously destined for Instagram -all sorts of artsy and emotional and wistful- and let's make it Facebook official too.
We ooooh-ed and ahhhh-ed over the sweetness of the shot after the adrenaline-fueled spin around the block. Then, as all good bloggers, picture-takers, technology-junkies do, we swiped right to see what other gold she'd captured. And just three frames later, another -less perfect, more honest.

It's that one shot where I slipped from the handle bars between his hands heavily onto the metal frame of the bike between his arms restricting his ability to navigate our two person, bike-looking ship. All sorts of awkward and uncomfortable, he dipped the handlebars deeply to the left turning us in a wonderfully executed U-turn (as long as you don't count unintended off-roading an issue) and we were, once again, off. And I felt as in control of my fate as a bee hitting one's windshield.






He pedaled with concentration and balance and, as we gained speed, I did that squish-face, twelve-chinned, terror-grimace pose for iPhone to capture. I said all the bad words one girl could conjur in mere minutes of wild, out-of-my-control fun.

Once we'd come to a halt, his feet flat on the ground, me attempting to lug my suddenly so heavy rear back over the handlebars, we laughed. We saw there were no injuries, no impending emergency room needs, no urgent care visits as a result of the insanity and we laughed. All of us. There in the middle of the street. Because why do we listen to them our insane-idea-producing brothers?
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All this sibling bike riding to say, it takes moments to move from dreamy fun, picturesque glory to panic-stricken, cursing adventure.

All these pictures to show, what's the perfect one without the hilarity of the other? And so is life it seems.

All this talk to say, yes, life's beautiful, but it's also madness, scary, fun, adrenaline rich madness.

All these words and descriptors and fun story-ness to say, do it. Listen to that brother -insane as he is. Because sometimes we need a little bit of out-of-our-control adventure in our lives.
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Oh, and make sure someone takes some pictures. 

21 comments:

  1. that's why i love mine too. although he lives in maui now, so he's doing all the cool adventure stuff without me.

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  2. This makes my heart so happy. Now I want to ride on bicycle handles.

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  3. This is exactly what my brother would do as well. It makes for fantastic memories! Glad you had a blast and there were no injuries!

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  4. Love this!!! And the expression on your face....priceless

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  5. Simple sibling pleasures make life so much more fun: these are memories that last a lifetime! :)

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  6. I love this! ...and I'm pretty sure you have successfully made all your readers either miss their brothers, or want to ride on the handlebars of a bike. maybe both. ;)

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  7. this is priceless esp the pics. :D always great to have such a great guy in your life. we are so blessed.

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  8. Awww! L.O.V.E. this! So glad you captured the pics....of memories that you'll cherish forever! So fun! My brother and I are very close...so this post really hits home for me! AND...the pics are just awesome!

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  9. I love this post... it just makes me happy :) Family time is so important - the good, the bad, the fun, the exciting, and the scary. Every minute is so needed!

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  10. I miss my brother more than words can really say :( Your way with words always speaks straight to my heart.

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  11. oh man, this is just the sweetest and makes me miss my baby bro! (I am also super impressed that your mom knows how to use the iPhone... I'm still working on that one with my mom.) My brother and I used to get in the car, start at the top of the hill, gun it, and as we'd come down and go over a little hill, we'd actually get airborne. Do I recommend this? No. Was it fun to do with my bro? Uh, yeah. Are we proud of it? Damn straight.

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  12. Girl, the no injuries is a VITAL part of that because, well, I attract injury. There's a running joke that I should really be living in a bubble because urgent care, ER, doctor's office are my gig. :)

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  13. And I'm blessed enough to have TWO of these awesome adventurous brothers AND a husband that's cut from the same cloth. :)

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  14. I think it's infinitely safer to miss your brother than to ride on a bike because, well, danger.

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  15. Isn't it amazing to be close with someone that you could just be related to? There's something so wonderful about the feeling of truly enjoying the person that he is. :)

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  16. SO important girl especially because we've run the gamut of family emotions and experiences lately. :) EVERY minute and memory and emotion is definitely needed. You so understand my heart.

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  17. I'll happily lend you mine... Though he MUST be returned in a timely manner. And, you better wear a helmet. :)

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  18. Girl, she has a blog too! :) Mama's pretty impressive with the technology. :)


    Girl, YOU JUMPED IN A CAR WITH YOUR BROTHER? Don't tell mine because he'd load me up in his truck and try to do the same because he's downright insane.

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  19. I almost died when we flicked through the frames and HOLY SMOKES THAT FACE. :)

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  20. You make life more fun. SO there.

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  21. She has a blog!??! That's awesome. My parents are going on a mission trip to Africa this Fall and mentioned they want me to show them how to start a blog for it... wish me luck!!! ;)


    Yes, it's sooo bad!! And when we finally were ready to confess this to my parents, my dad cut us off mid-sentence and goes "Oh, did you jump the car on that little hill by that white farm?" hahaha - so apparently he'd (most likely accidentally) done the same.

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