By Ellie Behman
The word wheel actually as many ifferent meanings. fter checking with old Webster I came up with a few of my additional observations. I can remember mom and dad talking about someone they did business with and referred to them as a wheeler-dealer. At the time I had no idea what that meant but since then I have learned to stay away from wheeler-dealers as they may tend to not be as straight forward as we would like. I wonder if we all know someone like that?
Then the expression big wheel was tossed around and I soon found out that person must be someone important. Of course that is a matter of opinion. Let’s not forget the infamous Wheel of Fortune. Now that’s a wheel I wouldn’t mind spinning. If I ever won I would do cartwheels all over the place. (Well, not really. Snapping bones is not an option but I did get another wheel word in there.)
Years ago I saw young daredevils doing wheelie’s, while I cautiously moved along on my non motorized two wheeled scooter. Today they have hover boards but from what I have heard they can be very dangerous and may catch fire. Maybe the old fashioned scooter will make a comeback.
A hamster wheel continues to go around and around as the little critters enjoy the ride. They really don’t have a destination, nor do they care. They are just happy to be moving. This could be a good example for us. How about all the county fairs with Ferris Wheels? They sometimes take our breath away but if we open our eyes for a minute we can enjoy the panoramic view from the top. Then there is the potters’ wheel; something to make vases, pottery and other pieces of art work while spinning that wheel. The earliest known use of the potters’ wheel is believed to be 3500 BC. In Mesopotamia. The potters’ wheel is alive and well today.
After digging deeper into the history of the wheel I found the spinning wheel to be of interest. This is some of the information I discovered: “The spinning wheel is an ancient invention that turned plant and animal fibers into thread or yarn which were then woven into cloth on a loom. However, no one knows who invented the first spinning wheel but it most likely originated in India between 500 and 1000 A.D.” While attending a craft show in southern Ohio I was pleased to see that this art is still alive and well as I witnessed women patiently spinning animal fiber into thread. It is so nice to see traditions such as this continuing.
One of the most important jobs a wheel has is being attached to a wheelchair. Without this mobility many people would be lost and unable to enjoy this beautiful world of ours. What a blessing for those in need.
Well, I guess my wheels have been turning enough, so to speak and I will leave you with this final thought. A wheel is like life, what goes around comes around. When things don›t go exactly how we would like, be patient because better days are a-rollin’ in.
Ellie has been a freelance writer for more than 40 years and has written over 400 articles. She and her husband spend as much time as possible at their cabin where they enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. This is where the majority of her writing is done as it is the perfect quiet setting for a writer.