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September 18 - October 18, 2015

Bicycle Stories

artspace and Richmond Young Writers

Illustrations
Plant Zero Project Space Hallway Galleries


Georgia Leipold-Vitiello, Age 14
"Pink Memories"
illustrated by SARAH HAND

Myra was 14 when she realized her pink bike that she got for her seventh birthday was covered in copper rust. Her bike had been her childhood, she had started out with training wheels, but once they were removed she felt grown-up and unstoppable. When she was eleven, she filled a backpack with clothes and gummy fruit snacks, got on her bike, and tried to run away. She got to the edge of her neighborhood before she burst into tears and went home. All throughout sixth and seventh grade Myra rode her bike to school. However, by the time 8th grade came around, she started taking the bus and hadnít really used her bike since.
The scar from when she raced her friend Lacey down a hill and had fallen and badly skinned her knee and arm had never fully faded.
Myra was not the most mature for her age, in fact she was downright immature. In seeing the rust on her childhood gift of freedom, she realized it was time to grow up. She was done being a little kid and once she started high school next fall, she would need to grow up. If there was ever a sign to leave her childhood behind, this was it.
Myra closed the shed door, leaving her pink bike, and her childhood as a memory to cherish, but never return to.




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