Good morning all!
Fall is approaching so quickly! The days are noticeably shorter, the air has that fall nip to it, the crops and leaves are beginning to turn a beautiful shade of gold and the wild cranberries and chokecherries look like rubies clustered on their branches. I am also getting anxious to get back to the classroom. On Sunday, I saw a bull moose with a full rack trotting through a wheat field. Beautiful creature! It is incredible they can hold their heads upright with that huge set of antlers! I wish I could have got a picture.
DD and I are trying to stretch summer by doing as much riding as possible. Cheeky Pony is coming along very nicely and is soon ready for some trail riding. I have also started riding her a bit now. I got out on my old man Sam for a hack with the neighbour on Sunday. He is doing pretty good for 23 and gives most rides his all. I think regular exercise and the glucosamine are helping him. He reminds me of the lyrics in a Toby Keith song - "I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was".
Koolio has been awesome in lessons. Every week, I am impressed with what he can do. Last night we were trotting and cantering over poles to develop more lift. The instructor switched it up so that the middle pole was raised high enough to put a few bouquets of flowers underneath. I thought for sure Koolio would freak out and jump it like it was a VW bug, but he didn't. He kept his kool (pun intended) in spite of me and performed beautifully. I plan to continue hauling in for lessons until the end of September, but need to make some other arrangements for between then and spring. I don't like hauling in the dark, and once October hits, we could have some scary wintery roads.
I wish everyone who is returning to the classroom a fantastic school year. For those who are caring for children both in and out of school, I hope both you and the kids have a great year as well. Like NickerMaker, I am passionate a out my job. I feel that investing in our youth is one of the most important things we can do for all of our futures. You don't need to be a teacher to have an impact. People like Roadyy and Alex who care for others' children when their parents can't or won't do vitally important work. Others, like tjtalon, whose work brings them in contact with kids and people during the most emergent times are very important too. I guess in the end, it all comes down to doing what you can to nurture human spirit and human potential, no matter what age you are or what job you have.