I want I want I want

I want doesn’t get. Say please. Oh, if only.


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Steve I remember both being told about “I want not always getting” and passing those on to my daughter too. I was more fortunate than you getting a bike. As a kid I don’t remember not having one, and after moving to the UK I bought myself one so I could ride with my daughter but had to get rid when my balance went haywire. So many people have asked me how I can be this cheerful with my poor health… All I can say is that I don’t wake up and think “Poor me!” I wake up planning my day. By the time I’ve got out of bed, washed etc I often have to change my plans, but that’s okay too, as I have many hobbies and things I can do, even if it is just to catch up on my recordings of tv programmes. I think there are a lot of people worse off than I am and I’m very grateful for all that I have and can do. There will always be things I want but I’m fortunate in that I need nothing! Another interesting post Steve. Cath

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Thanks Cath.

The world is still there to be discovered. If I can get to the local shops, I can get anywhere if it’s accessible. I’m looking forward to the empire state building.

Best wishes.


I really enjoyed your blog Steve. I didn’t get a bike as a child . We lived on a main road , didn’t have much money but also Mum and Dad were very protective. We were 4 girls i was a middle child. I remember an old lady from our church giving me a bike when I was 17 , it was an old battered thing . I was courting Lee my husband and he took me up near the reservoir to learn to ride it , I got over enthusiastic and fell off and had a huge black eye . I didn’t try again until I was 41 and I learned to ride a bike a centre Parcs, about the same time as Molly and Isabelle my youngest two were learning . And now my balance and cognitive abilities are so shot at that I’m just grateful to be driving a wheelchair. I learned to Drive a car and passed my test when I was 30. That was one of my biggest achievements. I was so sad to lose that and to return my driving licence. But as Ben my son tells me "you still did it mum " I try to be like you Cath and appreciate what i have and im not as bad as some i have a lot to be happy about . They say if you can find five things to be thankful for each day it really helps . Keep writing the blogs Steve , I really look forward to reading them. Michelle and Frazer xx

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Enjoyed your blog Steve, thanks for doing it. I loved my bike when I was a child, went everywhere on it, up the woods over the fields along the canal path, lots of lovely memories made to be able to draw on now. I remember being about six and up the field playing where a small stream separated two fields, when suddenly I spotted an old dolls pram in the water. Needless to say I dragged it out it was battered, but to me it was treasure. I pushed it home and my Dad gave me some old blue paint, and I painted it (and myself) and had that pram for years, it was magical. Keep doing your blogs Steve, I really enjoy them and I hope you get as much pleasure by doing them. Take care Pam x

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I love your blogs Steve. I lived in Birkenhead in my late teens so can picture the places you talk about on the Wirral.

My two wheeler bike was bought on a second hand market called the Barrows in Glasgow. It was very old with rod brakes. Dad painted it up a shiny black and put a brand new comfy saddle on it. It was my pride and joy. Friends would feel sorry for me as I didn’t have gears but having done a swap they didn’t really want their bike back!! The fixed gear on mine was perfect. I even took that bike to St. Andrews University with me and it lasted all my four years there. I left it and a friend sold it on to a first year. I wonder where it is now? Almost certainly on the scrap heap as I left St Andrews in 1974!!!

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