This, of course, gives us something to bond over. He knows he has an interested ear if pedals are involved. The conversation went something like this…
“Auntie, I’m building Lizzy (his little sister) a fixed gear bike for Christmas. I bought a used frame. I’m going to sand it and prime it and paint it a cool color. Then I’m going to take off the extra chain rings and the derailleur, add a new seat, seat stem and handlebars.”
He said it with the same sing-songy enthusiasm that he’s had since he was a little boy. He beamed with the thought of putting this thing together for his little sis’.
Then I asked, “So what are you going to give O’Neill?” (His big brother.)
“A hug!” he replied with a big laugh.
A couple of days later I took him to the hardware store for primer and yellow/cream colored paint – something fitting an old Rolls-Royce. He still has 24 hours to shop for his brother.
Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukah everyone!