Ordinary (Five minute prompt from Lisa Jo Baker)
A red radio flyer tricycle, plastic, not metal like those from my childhood.
A small girl, dark bob flying behind her
Shoulders hunched, legs circling wildly, laughter flowing
Hands grasping handles and holding tightly,
Wheel moving haphazardly, carelessly
Occasionally raising her legs into the air, screaming with laughter
At her wild and adventurous ways
“That is so cute.” an older man says one day
And smiles. I am sure he is remembering days with his own young children.
An ordinary tricycle made extraordinary by a raven haired four year old
No inhibitions. No pretentions.
No knowledge of flaws or of an audience watching her.
Captivated by her free spirit and lack of concern for others impressions of her.
A cherry red tricycle, symbol of childhood and a growing girl.
One who can make an ordinary object become extraordinary.