A Christmas Ride With Mom

When I read this post, I knew it had to kick off the 2013 Feel Good Friday blog. Although particularly touching to me, it’s the sort of heart-warming, candid, meaningful, fun filled articles you can count on in Rachael’s blog. Check out more of her stories at www.fuzzygalore.com and you’ll see what I mean.

Thanks Rachael for allowing me to share. 

A Christmas Ride with Mom

Originally posted December 28, 2012: A Christmas Ride with Mom;  Reposted with permission.

You just never know how a day will unfold when you get up in the morning, do you? On Christmas day, our family gathered to celebrate. We ate and laughed and listened to stories of the past, of hopes for the future.

During lunch my dad asked about the Ural as he often does. This was his first visit to our house in months so he’d only ever seen it in photos. Kenny quickly wheeled it out so that my pop could get a good look at it.

I made a promise to my dad that if he is feeling up to it in the spring that I will take him for a ride. That idea really must have tickled him, because he hung on to it for the rest of the day and every conversation we’ve had since Christmas. He has been reminding me that he’s excited to go for a ride. That makes my heart happy.

While we sat and chit chatted at the kitchen table – my mom, my sweet, awesome mom, didn’t bat an eyelash when I asked her if she wanted to go for a ride. There was no hesitation, no wavering, just YES! 

I’m proud to say that after nearly 20 years of riding motorcycles, I finally took my mom out for her first ride with me.

I threw my riding jacket on over my dress, slipped a pair of jeans and with the biggest smile in the world on my mom’s face ~ away we went putt-putting down the road.



When I glanced over at her in the sidecar, it was like looking at a 20-year-old version of my mom. Her gray-blue eyes were busy smiling away through the helmet. The magic and youthfulness of wonder had captured her. She was thrilled and that was the best feeling in the world for me.



When we arrived back at the house from the sidecar I heard, ‘Oh, I love it! We could ride across country. Would you ride this to California?’   Yes, mom. I think I would :)

Seeing my mom so happy made my Christmas.

Have you ever had the pleasure of going for a ride with your parents?



Healer, author, and motorcycle aficionado Liz Jansen combines her artistic mediums to create stories that inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. No helmet or jacket required.

6 Comments on “A Christmas Ride With Mom

  1. Thank you so very much for the kind words and for including me in your terrific blog, Liz. I’m really touched.

    Wishing you many blessings & happy, safe miles in 2013.

  2. Wonderful! We made the day of our old neighbour! She turned 85 and uttered a couple of time stay she always wanted to ride on a bike but never got the opportunity. Her birthday was in the end of June and the weather was great. So my hubbie went over and asked her if she is ready to have a ride. Same thing there – without a hesitation and a big smile in the eyes a lady she said yes!!! So we packed her into my riding gear (my bike is a solo ride) and put her on the back of my husbands big Harley. Off they went. I sat with her sister on the road on chairs in the sun, waiting for them to moe back. We could hear the bike roar on the country roads around us and we knew, they were having some speed, accelerating and just having fun! My hubbie told me she was on the back, screaming ‘ I am free, I am free!’ What a ride for her, it made her day! Funny thing was, her ‘baby sister’ aside of me, was getting green with envy. She was ‘only’ 79 and wnAted to go as well…! So when the 2 finally came back, Dave had to go out again and take her for a ride She had had a hip operation and had some trouble to get on, mostly laughing but it was worth it all, she always said! Our dear neighbour died shortly before her 90. birthday. Our gift for that day was supposed the next wish she had…. Smoking a joint….
    It is easy to make someone happy, so go on and do it!

  3. A lovely event. How lucky that she was was able to take a parent or a ride.
    Perhaps this will wake riders up to the fact that their parents might really want to
    take a motorcycle ride with them.
    The world always need more motorcycle riders.

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