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October 2019 Vol. 15 No. 3

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J Hahn Doleman

Riding the Brakes

I still have the Idaho-shaped scar on my knee from that first wreck. My father didn’t believe in training wheels – just another gimmick to sell you something you don’t need. Instead, he held onto the back of my saddle and ran along beside me as I cycled down the street.

One day it all came together and I found the rhythm. My father released his grip without a word. I was so focused on the blur of hard pavement in front of me that I never noticed him peeling off, getting smaller behind me, and I rode on, balancing alone, for another block. Then I looked over my shoulder.

she says I have issues
with trust