You should have seen my kids’ eyes light up when I told them horses were coming to Day Camp’s Transportation Week.
See, my daughter has it somewhere in her head that we’re getting her a pony and got my son to agree to help her build a stall out of those cardboard boxes from our AmazonSmile deliveries. While I’m not opposed to getting her a critter to help her stretch her responsibility muscles, I was kinda hoping for something a wee-bit smaller…you know, like a goldfish. I’m going to go ahead and assume this was because of that book she read last winter, “The Christmas Pony,” where a group of elementary kids bought a horse and the parents gave in with an awkward grin and weakened shrug.
That’s not my jam because this mom knows how to say no.
Still, after hearing about what is in store for the kids and the visiting horses, I’m excited to sign them both up for Week 3 of Day Camp. The reason: they’re going to learn about horse care, not riding them. When you think about all the maintenance a horse takes, and the huge (read HUGE) responsibility they are, riding them really is the spoonful of sugar if you catch my drift. Yes, horses are beautiful and wonderful companions, but they require more attention than an apple a day and a beach to run on at sunset. Nowadays we ride them for leisure, but they were the primary mode of transportation for humans for centuries.
That’s why Week 3’s camp is the perfect place to introduce kids to the reality of what people of the past faced when needing to travel great distances, and why not everyone could have one. It’ll be great exposure to the day-to-day care of such an important animal in our collective history, and I’m all for it.
So is she.
Between you and me, I doubt much of the responsibility piece will sink in though. I blame the big beautiful eyes of the horses already. I know what’s gonna happen; she’s gonna volunteer to feed one, and no matter if she does or not, she’ll fall deeper in love with the gentle giants her heart already melts for. There’s a good chance that when my daughter comes home from camp that week she’ll have all the ammunition she needs to advance one square closer on her epic game of Get a Pony…
…Maybe I should just start practicing that motherly shrug and awkward grin.
At least I can say that I’m helping the kids out next time I order on AmazonSmiles!
There is still time to register your Scout for Week 3 of Day Camp June 28-July 2, with options of after-camp care and after-camp swim lessons. CLICK HERE for details.