With a twinkle in her eye she would say, "Just keep 'em busy and they stay out of trouble."
And boy, did Mom pick up on that. We always had plenty of chores to do and she was a zealot about overseeing homework, but when it was all done and if it was still daylight, it was outside to play. Now that part of being busy I liked. Unlike the kids today who spend a lot of time as couch potatoes playing video games or watching TV, for us it was football in the Fall, basketball in Winter and baseball in Spring and Summer.
But now that I'm retired and our kids are grown, I have found that the age old advice Mom was given also works with a rambunctious little pony. Sturdy, stocky and full of himself, having a job is just what the doctor ordered and he loves it.
Case in point is our new Amish cart. We were worried how he would react to being hooked up for the first time. There was no need to worry. Little Angus took right to it and went around the field in uneventful fashion on his first try. Once he realized what it was all about he was steady and calm and I really think he liked the special attention that he was getting.
A few trial runs over the next few weeks and this smart little fella' will be ready for a road trip. Oh, we won't take him too far, but it sure will be fun to go around our rural neighborhood to visit the neighbors. And I know that Angus will just know that he is "Hot Stuff'". And it's nice to live in a place where we can go on a cart ride easily and without having to worry about traffic. It will just bring back memories of a time past when things were less frantic and life allowed time to smell the roses.
I would recommend that anyone, wherever you are and whatever you do, take the time to savor the beauty of the natural world around us. God gave it to us to enjoy and life is fleeting. Don't miss it. And as for my wife and me, I think Angus will insure that we do.
God bless you all and have a great day.
James is the author of Honey, We Shoulda' Bought the Ark, a story about life with animals in rural America from a Christian perspective. The book was selected as a One of the Best Reads of 2014 by American Pet Magazine. Check out his author pages at outskirtspress.com/honeyweshouldaboughttheark or amazon.com/author/jamesdick. Animals: A Wonderful Gift from God.