We often go to the Edison/Ford winter estate.
I LOVE it there! I don’t know if it’s because the preservation of the two homes reminds me of my grandparents house (it smells just like their house did) or if I’m just a history nerd.
The minute you step out of the car you feel like you’ve been whisked back in time. It’s quiet and peaceful.
The property is thirty acres all of which Thomas Edison cultivated with exotic plants. My favorites are the bamboo groves. There is one stand of bamboo with a bench tucked discreetly amid the stalks and if you sit there on a breezy day the bamboo makes the most amazing clacking sound in the wind!
But all that isn’t what this post is about. Not really. Except that’s where I first saw it.
In the gift shop.
It was red and diminutive and adorable. And ridiculously more money than I thought it was worth. So, I looked at it and walked away. And went back and looked at it some more. Then circled around it again. Husband asked if I wanted it. I said no.
You know how they say you should buy a thing when you see it because you might not get another chance?
Whoever said that doesn’t know me.
A year later I was still thinking about it so I called the gift shop and asked if they still had it.
I asked if it was possible to get another one. They didn’t think so.
I asked if I could speak to the manager. She wasn’t there. They took my number and said she’d call back.
So I called again.
I ended up going to the gift shop in person and asking about the bicycle.
(They were surprised that so many people were suddenly so interested in the bicycle!)
After some discussion and computer searching they said they would try and order one for me.
Several weeks went by and I was just getting ready call again when I received a phone message that said they had just acquired two and would like to know which one I wanted.
I raced to the gift shop. When I got there they had eight!
EIGHT delightfully diminutive red bicycles! Four girl’s bikes and four boy’s bikes! It was all I could do not to buy them ALL! But I controlled myself and only bought one.
I’m not sure why I wanted it so badly, except for its cuteness factor. And I’m not sure I would love it as much if it hadn’t been such a challenge to obtain!
But I am now the proud owner of a beautiful red model bicycle!