Inside the Mind of Isadora

Santa brought a Schwinn


Schwinn Bike.web

Dear Santa,

I forgot to mention I want a bicycle. Thank You …

Dori (my family called me this when I was growing-up)

Those were the words that rattled inside my mind when I saw this very shiny bicycle near our Christmas tree when I was 9 years old on Christmas morning.

I know what most of you are thinking, ‘Why did she believe in Santa Claus at age 9?’ That’s a little old to believe in things that don’t exist.

But, I always believed everything my parents said to me even if classmates said there wasn’t a Santa Claus. Parents wouldn’t fib to their children. Besides, we were taught everyday in Catholic school that lying was a sin. I didn’t want to believe my parents would commit a sin on purpose. My little sister was 5 then and she believed in Santa. Should I have spoiled it for her? No. And so, I believed.

On this Christmas morning, I questioned whether or not I had asked for the right gifts. Although, I had 2 gifts this particular year. It had always been just one. I must have been real good. I was thrilled when I opened my first gift and it was the special Shirley Temple doll I had asked for. She had the prettiest smile and blonde curls. She was wearing a plaid skirt with a crisp white blouse and a beret atop those ringlets of curls. The second gift was the exact beret Shirley Temple wore when I had seen her at the Macy’s store on 5th Avenue. My family had gone into the city to see Santa and all of the wonderful New York decorations. As I think back to that day, my grandmother had taken us to have lunch while my mother did some errands. Doing Santa’s work, I’m sure. Well, he did fulfill my wishes.

But there in the middle of the living room, next to a brightly lit tree, was this blue and white shiny bicycle. It had a giant white bow and my older sisters’ name on it. It was so pretty. It was really very high too. I could barely reach the handle bars. It was gleaming and satiny bright. When my sister saw it she squealed and jump all around the living room. She had a huge smile on her face and slight giggles emitted as she spoke. We all gathered around it as we oohed and aahed.

Excited and ready to get her new bicycle outside, my sister ran into her room to get dressed. I waited in the living room with my Shirley Temple doll. I knew she wasn’t going to be able to ride. When she grabbed her bicycle and was ready to go my mother told her she couldn’t go outside.

Stunned she asked, why?

She was told the bad news. It had snowed 5” during the night. The sidewalks were covered in snow. Well, she wasn’t having any of it. She trotted down the 2 flights of stairs with her new bicycle and went outside. She rode on the snow. Of course, she fell a lot too. It didn’t matter to her. She wasn’t going to be stopped. All of us watched from the window and laughed.

Weeks later the weather improved. Eventually, she gave me a ride on her new bicycle. I didn’t know how to ride a 2 wheel bike. She had to hold onto me and the bike as I attempted to reach the pedals. It was futile. I was too short. Since she had asked for a boys bike with the bar that ran across from the seat to the handle bars my riding days quickly ended. We did have a great many fun rides with me sitting on the back fender while holding onto the seat.

Four years later, when she left home at 18, I was given the bicycle. I learned to ride. But, I was never as interested in bike riding as she was.

I guess I did get the right gifts from Santa that Christmas, after all.

2014©written by Isadora

Schwinn Blue Bike.web

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

19 thoughts on “Santa brought a Schwinn

  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours … and thanks for sharing your goodness with us on these pages.


  2. Loved my Schwinn! And my Shirley Temple doll! Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end… 😉


  3. Lovely memories, Issy. I’m sure there were times when I wished I’d got what my sister had, and vice versa. 🙂 I’m sure I still believed in Santa when I was nine.


    • I suppose it’s the competition children have about who is best liked by the parents. Family finances dictated the gifts we received too. My Dad worked 3 jobs when I was growing up. I always treasured whatever I received and made sure they were well tajen care of. It created a habit that I have to this day. Glad you enjoyed 😊my trip down memory lane. 😄

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  4. what a delightful story. the tradition i grew up with is where the Christ Child brought the gifts. There was St Nickolas of course, and he left behind goodies and treats in your shoes on December 6 if you had been well-behaveding throughout the year. otherwise you would find a lump of coal in your shoe instead.
    and there was a Santa – he was actually my Dad in a Santa suit who went to my uncle & aunt’s home as Santa was part of their tradition. apparently one of my cousins said, it really looks like Santa, but he’s wearing uncle’s boots. 🙂


  5. I had a Schwinn bike when I was about twelve. It was red with a front basket. Thanks for bringing back the memories, Izzy. I haven’t thought of that bike in years. 🙂


  6. I never had a bike as a child. In fact I got my first one in my forties, needless to say I couldn’t ride it too well and fell off spectacularly once!


  7. Izzy, a charming story. I trust this is part of your memoir-writing? You really should do more of this. It just sings to and from the heart. ❤


  8. Dear Isadora,
    What a great story! And you really saw Shirley Temple!!!! So cool! Thanks for sharing.


  9. Wait, what? You mean Santa isn’t real?


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