Thursday, August 15, 2013

As you know



I've been working for a couple of news sites lately, and have not begged, massaged, or in any way coerced you into clicking one single link. But I like this one.

It's kids at a local horse summer camp, telling me what they think is the most important thing they've learned about horses or themselves. And it starts off with "Don't fall off."

Imagine what wear and tear this one simple lesson, had I been listening,would have saved me. Check out the faces and the philosophy. Here's the link.

(And the 1800 shares in less than one hour that appears on the page? A glitch, no doubt. Still, as Allie said when we talked about her model horse collection, "I like to make-believe."

28 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the interview w/the kids.. Bet u learned a lot! Kids will definitely put an adult in their place won't they?! lol... They also know how to get the water works going as well.. Kids and animals are the best.

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  2. Especially loved this one: "When you get on a horse you have to ride, that's the important thing. You have to ride or else you look stupid."

    Isn't that in the same league as "It is what it is"?

    I do believe those kids in the photos are as cute as teenagers.

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  3. Kids are so smart, they say it like it is. And yes, it's very important to ride, sometimes backwards, sometimes bareback, sometimes in a saddle, sometimes in your dreams.

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  4. If I had had this advice, I might have had better luck riding a horse:)

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  5. We had the best conversations. Partly because they were so direct, and partly because, with a limited vocabulary, they could get right to the heart of the matter. There were a couple of tongue-tied kids who looked so earnest, like there was so much to say that it absolutely overwhelmed the power of speech. And then they just trailed along after me, big eyes begging, letting me know, "yes, I've found the words now. Ask me again." So I did.

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  6. Another lesson was, "Don't point your finger at their face because they think it's a carrot."

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  7. THey nailed it. Don't fall off is essential. It's why NOBODY can talk me into riding a horse at my age.
    V

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  8. Such great quotes! I don't get the chance to converse with kids much, which is too bad because they really are a hoot. Now I feel like I'm ready to go ride a horse armed with all the knowledge I need.

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  9. They're not just learning about horses. They're learning about life. Such a pleasure to read about them.

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  10. I've never had a horse or had any experience with horses... But I admire those impressive animals.

    Thanks for the link.

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  11. What a fun assignment for you and a great camp for the kids. I would have loved to have seen that "Duh" expression. Kids with attitude have a special place in my heart.

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  12. Like Katie, I don't converse with kids on a daily basis, which is too bad. I could have hung out with these guys all day. And you know what? I really did get 1800+ shares on that piece, so now I wonder if one of these kids is famous or something.

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  13. Great stuff.

    I also love that last part.

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  14. This made me laugh out loud. Those kids are adorable. I want to go to the Altadena Stables Horse Camp!

    By the way, this is not helping me deal with my rising urge to acquire a horse...

    That carrot tip...that's no joke. I have a bum finger learning that one. Clearly, I'm not as smart as those kids.

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  15. About 25 years ago, we went to a livestock auction. And there was a beautiful chestnut that my dearly beloved wanted. Luckily for me, we lived in a subdivision, on 1/2 acre, at that time, and he felt it would be inappropriate to keep the horse in the garage with the station wagon.

    And, yes, kids do say hilarious things. You never know what's coming.

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  16. A great piece! And full of sage wisdom.

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  17. O' my goodness, her teeth have been knocked out! Don't they use safety gear?!

    Living here in a nice, safe metropolis I tremble at the thought of those monstrous equine beasts with their huge claws and great, pointy teeth ...

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  18. Cuter than teens really. Good luck to them all. I worked all my life to not to look stupid. Sometimes I wonder where it got me.

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  19. Such funny quotes! And very wise. Kids are masters of the quip without even trying.

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  20. For what it's worth, Birdman and Susan somehow strike me as two sides of a coin--and essay asking to happen. Good stuff.

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  21. That darn Patch - tried to get a comment through, but after an hour of trying to prove 'I come in peace' and redirected to page after page informing me that I had no right to use my e-mail address, I forgot what it was I want to say.

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  22. They are wise beyond their years. Duh.

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  23. B' man - you look good, dude. Real good. :)

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  24. Where's Waldo, and Karin? I need an Altadena fix, bad.

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  25. I miss you, Kenny Mac. Keep the light on, I'll be back soon.

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