Plan B

Today Cheyenne pointed out a young woman travelling as a passenger on the back of a motorcycle.  The motorcycle was the type that the passenger sits up higher than the driver.  The young woman and the driver both had on helmets (brownie points for smart risk management), but the clothes the pair had on were dramatically different.  The driver had on a t-shirt, jeans, socks, and shoes.  The young woman had on a tank top, short jean shorts, and sandals.

Cheyenne upon seeing them commented that the girl was going to lose a lot of skin if the bike went down.  Apparently, all the years of me commenting on riders’ clothing has rubbed off on Cheyenne…GOOD.  I was thrilled that she recognized how dangerously vulnerable the young woman was given her outfit.

I wanted to roll down the window and tell the young woman about my former sister-in-law who hit the pavement when a motorcycle she was on went down (she had on a helmet and a lot more clothing).  She was lucky to survive.  In the process she lost skin and gained a whole lot of metal and pins.

Cheyenne begged me not to say anything, she offered that the young woman wasn’t going to listen to some crazy woman she didn’t know.  She had a point…I have no influence in this young woman’s life and there is no reason to believe she would listen to me.

Plan B:

Dear mother of the young woman on the back of the motorcycle,

Your daughter is beautiful and full of life.  She probably doesn’t fully appreciate how much damage the pavement will do to her bare skin should the bike go down.  Young folks often are oblivious to their vulnerability.  

Once upon a time I was just like your daughter.  I wore very similar outfits and no helmet.  I never realized how dangerous that behavior was.  My mother never knew I was riding around like that – I never told her.  As I reflect back now, I am sure she would have had a fit (she was never a fan of motorcycles).  Luckily, I survived those choices without any real consequences.

As such, I hand this one off to you as you have the access and influence.  I can tell you from my experience today with my own daughter - daughters actually do listen to their mothers. ;-)

Sincerely,

The mother of another young woman

Day one thousand one hundred and eight of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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4 Responses to Plan B

  1. Avatar of stormchaser stormchaser says:

    Hopefully her mother (or her) is reading that (and this).
    I lost my half brother in a motorcycle accident. He was traveling down the highway and hit an oily spot and lost control. My friends husbands dad was drunk, took a corner too fast, became a projectile and was embedded into the side of a tree. He never had a chance.I know many more people that have either died, or almost died. Motorcycles are the most dangerous “vehicles” on the road.

  2. Annie Leonard says:

    I had to ride back from a nearby community dressed like this one time. I had my daughter drop me off at a friends to visit after we had done an errand together planning to ride home with my husband after he finished work—forgetting that he had ridden his scooter (very small motorcycle). It was not a very comfortable ride and I would have much preferred to be dressed in my “biking” clothes.

  3. Stan says:

    I always demand from my riders, jean jacket or leather vest/jacket. Long pants and boots. I provide a helmet.

  4. Olenorthpole says:

    After riding for many years, I stopped for a few while our sons were growing up. Started riding again about 15 years ago. I promised my wife that I’d always ATGATT (All The Gear, All The Time). Came in handy when I hit a duck in NE NoDak a few years ago. In the biker community, we call the sport bike riders that don’t wear gear ‘donors’. Our sons all wear ATGATT, glad they do. And, yes – kids listen to their parents; but more importantly, they model what they see their parents do. Kudos to you Ms. C on teaching your daughter safety and responsibility.

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