“Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.”
~ Josephine Demott Robinson
My car is in the shop … again. Oh, the challenges of undertaking a long cross-country journey in an old Subaru. A new a/c compressor and alternator. Such is life … years fly by as though compressed into days, and our travels are often filled with alternate routes. And sometimes they are gifts in disguise.
Though my hosts in CT are happy to chauffeur me anywhere I’d like to go – particularly back & forth to the auto repair shop – this morning allowed time for meeting new friends and taking a stroll, carrots in hand, to say hello to a couple of amicable neighbors … Patty and Luigi. Patty the pony and Luigi the burro. Bruce, one of my delightful hosts, held the hand of Tessa and I held tight to Mara’s as we ambled up the street past houses and trees and then up around the bend … the girls soon squealing with delight as we spied the reason for our excursion.
A reason to smile and share a sunny laugh are always welcome, and visual step-by-step instructions of how to ‘properly’ feed a horse did the trick for all of us … Patty included, giving a snort and a whinny of approval. The girls quickly lost their nervous jitters and ventured closer and closer … soon clumps of grass were offered both from a very fashionable feeding trough, and from tiny fingers. As for me, my heart fell hard for Luigi, his soft eyes gazing into mine and his scruffy head nuzzling my face as I bent to scratch his oh-so-sweet and soft nose.
All too soon the carrots were gone, and we made our way home … girls ready and eager to be off for an afternoon at the beach, and I looking forward to a good book and some time in the sun. Tomorrow takes us to the Pequot Museum & Research Center … and hopefully a final ride to the auto repair shop.