Ride of [Temporary] Silence
The Ride of Silence was started seven years ago in response to a Texas bicyclist who was killed by an automobile driver. Over the years it has become an annual event in many cities across the United States, including Columbus. This year we were remembering three riders who were killed by central Ohio motorists.
It is called the Ride of Silence because the riders ride in a tight group at a solemn pace and none is supposed to talk. After waffling back and forth, I decided to take my youngest daughter Claire. My rambunctious one.
On the drive downtown she was her usual talkative self asking one question after another (“What is a googolplex times another googolplex?” ), but with the promise of ice cream if she stayed quiet (“twist in a cone with sprinkles!”), Claire was 99.44% compliant during the ride.
But the moment the ride was over, she was back to her regular form.