Inner child: From Little Red Kick Scooter To Adulthood

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Inner child: From Little Red Kick Scooter To Adulthood. At 80, I can’t help but review events of my life and wonder:
What did I get right? What was wrong? What could I have done better? Does it matter? What about my career choice? Did it work? Were there alternatives that would have been as good? Or better? What have I especially enjoyed? Did I ever learn to love anything or anybody with all my heart? What does it mean? Will I have to do this again? Do I want to?

Let’s explore more of this inner child, and of course the little red kick scooter

As for activities: riding a tricycle as a tot, riding a little red kick scooter, then the bicycle, then of course the cars, the ’41 Ford convertible I drove from Boston to a summer course in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1959 when I was nineteen, home with a detour to visit a friend in California, then driving Route 66 from LA almost all the way to Chicago, before veering right at Saint Louis to continue on to Boston via Indianapolis. Route 66, backwards as far as the song lyrics go, but still an important mini chapter in my life.

Experiences over the years

We all have these experiences, and as we add on the years, we put on different behaviors to accompany what we’re doing. The student. The path to a career. The partnering up, the parenting, the white coat, the suit, the uniform, the successes, the failures, the rocking chair on the front porch, friends and family dying, then winding it all down.

The inner child and the little red kick scooter

Somehow, when we put on whatever costumes our adult successes require, we often forget who was the inner child, that person who used to enjoy a spin around the block on that little red kick scooter.

Re-exploring if not re-living these experiences of earlier times from this late perspective in my life’s trajectory in some inexplicable way heightens the color intensity of my life today.

Still riding a kick scooter, well into adulthood, and loving it

I see a youngster on a scooter when I’m in my car at an intersection, and I’m likely to roll down the window and call out that I ride one of those too! And we usually exchange a word, and always smiles. Or interacting with the homeless guys waiting for their lunch at the Lario Park trailhead, when they ask me how I like my scooter, and I tell them it’s great, and sometimes if they’re interested I let them take a test ride.

Making a connection on a kick scooter is all about the opportunity to live, to learn, and to love

Or making a scooter connection today with my neighbor’s kid on his kick scooter, and his mother, in the photos below.

Jonathan Kelley’s neighbor, with son on a kick scooter.
Jonathan Kelley’s neighbor, with son on a kick scooter.

You don’t have to be a child in order to ride a kick scooter. Time to unleash your inner child and live!
You don’t have to be a child in order to ride a kick scooter. Time to unleash your inner child and live!

Each day is a treasured privilege, an opportunity to live, to learn, and to love.

Message from the editor-in-chief:

Jonathan is a very talented writer, who I luckily discovered on Youtube a few years ago, that’s also a Xootr scooter expert and Brand Ambassador.

As soon as I discovered Jonathan Kelley, I knew that he was a very unique and interesting man, and had to get in contact with him. 

Here’s the first article I wrote about Jonathan Kelley, when this magazine was just getting started, called,Xootr MG Scooter review by Jonathan Kelley.

I’m also including the video by Jonathan Kelley, that started it all. Make sure you watch it, and show Jonathan some appreciation in the comment section below.

Fast forward to the present, and he is now writing these phenomenal, but true-story articles for us, and we couldn’t be happier.

You know the old saying, lighting only strikes once? That may be true, but in this situation, we only needed that lighting to strike once. Because we captured that lighting, and it’s known as Jonathan Kelley.

Thank you Jonathan Kelley for writing such incredible articles for us and the readers of this magazine, and we look forward to many more from you.

We are very grateful to have Jonathan Kelley on board and encourage you to check out his other articles.

Don’t forget to check out Jonathan’s website at

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Jonathan Kelley
Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.

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