My Dad and His Bike

Somebody asked me how the bicycle chain went with my dad and his bike.  For those new readers, my dad has dementia.   We’ve been trying to get him off his bike. It’s hard and sad, because I know he loves it, and he has always been fiercely independent and that has not changed.  However, mentally, he is a fiercely independent four or five year old mass of stubbornness in the body of  a 75 year old man who is over six feet tall, and he does not need to be riding his bike, as a couple of episodes and some random comments have made clear.

Once when he was over here visiting I had one of the Progeny quietly slip out and, but he came and got it out.  I intended to sneak it off again next time he came to visit, but he is a crafty fiercely independent four or five year old mass of stubbornness in the body of  a 75 year old man who is over six feet tall, and he rode his bike into the living room to keep an eye on it.

So we bought a bike lock and left it in his garage and Granny Tea put it on his bike.  Granny Tea also flattened the tire.  I couldn’t tell you how that all went because we had a couple of days of rain, so he didn’t go look at his bike.

But now we’ve had a few sunny days and he’s discovered it and came over and complained to me that “somebody sneaked into the garage and put a black thing on my red bike so that it can’t go forward or backward because somebody is out to get my liver.”

“No, Dad,” I said.  “I think somebody wants to keep you safe.”  He thought that was outrageously ridiculous.  He’s made the rounds asking all of us if we are the ones who put the black thing on his red bike so it can’t move forward or backward.   Everybody, that is, except for Granny Tea.  For some reason, he has not asked her if she did it,.

Now he takes long walks.

While wearing his bicycle helmet.

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