Thursday, May 8, 2008

Horse Crazy




I grew up in the middle of Lancaster County amid vast expanses of farmland. My family had the same dairy farm for dozens of generations until me. I was an active member of FFA and have done my share of cow milking... and tipping but that is another story.

I have been extremely blessed by my friend Barbara. Not only is she a wonderful friend to me, she is a horse person and has taught my children a love and respect for horses that I am not sure i could have imparted in them. I also have in-laws that are horse people, and are wonderfully encouraging to the children.
So now my daughter is at the point in her life where she wants a horse of her own. Partial lease of someone else's horse is no longer acceptable to her. I, of course, preached the virtues of being grateful for what you have, but to little avail. She is not ready for a horse, I am not ready for a horse, we do not need a horse.

Should you pass me in the store, or call to say hello, please take a mintue to tell me that we do not need a horse! Remind me that I have 3 children, 2 fish, a tortoise and a really big dog...all of which poop and need to be fed. Remind me that my darling husband, who does not really want me working at all, has asked me to work another day during the busy season. Remind me that we live on an island full of beaches and beach activities, and that I may like to visit them once in awhile. Remind me that I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, look forward to taking a decadently long vacation to Florida in the fall... where I spend 2 weeks taking care of 3 kids, 4 dogs, 8 horses and my husband's 95 year old Grandpa.... Oh, nevermind.

5 comments:

j-m said...

Awesome post!!!
You just made my evening (and it seriously needed making.)

Anonymous Blogger said...

Sounds like my house, except my kids want a dog, not a horse. They have been begging for a dog. I had a dog, I love dogs, but I don't want another job right now. I almost gave in last month, but then I got snapped back into reality when my daughter wouldn't help set the table for dinner. I would rather have another baby than a pet.

Mom of 3 said...

Remember: Pets are better than kids because they:
1. Eat less
2. Don't ask for money all the time
3. Are easier to train
4. Normally come when called
5. Never ask to drive the car
6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends
7. Don't smoke or drink
8. Don't have to buy the latest fashions
9. Don't want to wear your clothes
10. Don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and
11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children

Anonymous Blogger said...

Ha! That was a good list!!

Eager Beavers said...

YOU DO NOT NEED A HORSE!!!

Was that convincing enough?

--Jen