Friends make life more bearable.


Friday was a fantabulous weather day – today, not so much.

I started out my trek this morning, by eyeing the sky and figuring I’d be lucky to get an entire walk in as it looked as if it would pour any minute.

Just like yesterday, I headed over to Memorial Park to see if “The Healing Field” flag display was there, and it was not. The event is usually sponsored by the Exchange Club of Lincoln Park, and is an impressive array of uniform rows of well over a hundred U.S. flags on eight-foot flagpoles; each one honors a fallen service man/woman or first responder. I just looked on the website and discovered Michigan’s tributes are only in Benton Harbor and Coldwater this year.

Our City’s Memorial Day parade is tomorrow, and, at Memorial Park, the grass had been freshly mowed, and all those dandelions lopped off so the grounds now look presentable. In the pavilion, there were two brand-new flags, still with their creases intact, hanging limply on their respective poles by the memorial that honors the City’s war dead since World War I.

I circled around Memorial Park once, then continued on my trek to the tracks. But I never even made it to the footbridge that separates Lincoln Park and Wyandotte before big raindrops splattered down on my coat.  I quickly changed direction and started for home, thinking, that if the rain stopped, I’d just walk in the neighborhood.

There were no walkers, with pooches or otherwise, on my route today – they were either sleeping in, or had eyeballed the sky, and stayed inside.

A few blocks from home I saw a sight that made me smile. Even if I had my camera handy, I would not have been able to capture a photo of the pair as they rolled by too quickly.  It was a woman perched on an oversized motorcycle and that bike was very wide, perhaps twice the size of a normal motorcycle.  Behind her, she had a companion – a friend who was not hanging on for dear life, or complaining about getting “helmet hair”, nor forgetting to lean with the bike at each turn.  Nope, it was a blonde-colored teddy bear that was easily the size of a small child and it was strapped onto the bike, behind the seat.  So, I guess you could say it was riding “bearback”.  Though the biker was dressed for riding, her friend was bear-naked … no leathers, boots or a helmet … not even a do-rag on this cutie pie.

I chuckled over this biker chick and bear, especially since I’ve collected teddy bears for years, so I have a special affinity for these cute and cuddly toys.

Today yielded a measly 2 ½ miles under my belt, before I gave it up and just came home to hibernate the rest of the day.

[Image from Johnny Automatic at]

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Friends make life more bearable.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I love your picture. I would have loved to have seen your biker chick and her furry companion. It was a dreary day. I hope tomorrow will be better for the parade.


    • lindasschaub says:

      I love that picture too Marge – I found a similar picture to the lady and her furry companion, but it was on a Pinterest site, not on a free photo site, so went with this one. Yes, the sun is supposed to come out eventually today … tomorrow beautiful. Sorry the flags weren’t there – they are impressive as you know since you’ve seen them.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………I’m happy to learn about “The Healing Field” celebration………………..and I like “bear-back”


    • lindasschaub says:

      And don’t forget “bear naked” 🙂 That bear didn’t have a stitch of clothing on. The Healing Field was very nice – it was an impressive display in Memorial Park, two or three years in a row, the week before the Memorial Day Parade. I will look next year and see if it is here and tell you so you can see it for yourself. It is amazing to walk in/around the flags on the flagpoles – each pole bears the name/rank/serial number of the service personnel who was killed and where they died. Nice tribute.


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