I have a terrible tendency to choose very pretty things that might not be the most practical. That's my bicycle, for example. It was actually a step up on the practical scale--I traded in a vintage beauty that weighed more than me for this new fangled version. My basket is made from recycled milk crates and is freaking adorable. However, it has more than once spewed its contents when I hit a bump of even modest size. I've nearly been killed by a flying baguette.
I often wear dresses and sometimes arguably silly shoes. This adds to the ridiculousness of me riding this bicycle around my town. I do bring people a lot of joy. Children point at me, telling their moms to look at the lady. Young girls wave. Real bicyclists laugh.
So it's with little surprise that I landed on this week's writing prompt:
"Write about something useless and beautiful."
--Monica Wood, The Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration for Writers (Writers Digest Books, 2006)