Saturday, June 28, 2008

Happy Trails To You....

Every year about this time our local senior citizens home throws a Pre-Fourth of July party. The object is to get a few free activities together that will attract kids. They get the entire property covered with children and wheel the residents of the home out onto the expansive porch to watch and interact with young people. The free blow-up buildings and dunking tank and human bowling and pony rides and face painting and food, always makes for a great turn out.
My daughter is in charge of the pony rides each time. She hires out for a lot of birthday parties with these diminutive steeds so this is right up her alley. I must say it is always a huge hit whether she is being paid to do a private party or a free of charge event like this one. She really enjoys getting to know new people.
They did the latest party at the senior citizens home last night. There was a constant line to ride horses that went on for hours.
The most fun my daughter has with this however, is when she mentions to an unsuspecting adult that she will be going to the senior citizens home to give pony rides. This is where their eyebrows get close together which is always followed with the 'stare.' Juli lets it continue for good length of time before she mentions that she will be giving pony rides to children attending a party there...not the residents of the home.

15 comments:

Paul Nichols said...

Maybe she can bring her ponies to the ...the...oh, what's the name of our old folks place? It's just off the four lane and there's plenty of new people.

Rachel said...

I can see why she enjoys this so much! She has a good heart and she loves people and ponies/horses! I'm sure the senior citizens, as well as the kids, love this and it's wonderful for them to have this time!

I think if I were a resident in a senior citizen home and I saw a pony I'd sure want to pet it and get a whiff of that good horsey smell!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Cliff! This is a great event for the seniors. I wish more senior citizens home would do this.

It sounds like your daughter is as good natured as you. Like father, like daughter. Have a good weekend. Lisa

Lucy Stern said...

I think residents of the home would enjoy a pony ride..... Is she the one in charge of horse rides at Blogstock?

Gette said...

I know lots of old folks who would like a pony ride...they'd probably try to ride off.

bobbie said...

If I ever get old enough to be in a home, I want to come to that one. It sounds like fun.

Shannon said...

What a great idea, sounds like everyone had allot of fun.

LZ Blogger said...

Cliff ~ Cute story... me thinks that Juli's humor may be a case of... "the apple that didn't fall too far from the tree?" ~ jb///

Jamie Dawn said...

I like Juli's sense of humor.

I'd like to see some old people having pony rides.
I think some of them would like it, as long as the pony didn't start galloping or bucking. That would make for some great video footage, but it would not be pleasant for the old person on the lively pony, and I think the demand for old folk pony rides would diminish.

Miki said...

Cliff,
I know where she gets her sense of humor, AHEMMMM! Seriously, I am sure the residents would love to get on to those ponies. One just might with a mysterious gleem in his/her eye! I think it is great to have those kind of events at "homes." It brightens up the place, and the older folks get to see new and fresh faces, they need those types of interactions. I know, when my mom was in the "home" my kids brightened up the faces of the residents, and even though my mom couldn't see, hers too! It was heartwarming to know that just a little kindness went a very long way.

Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said...

Oh, you crack me up!!! :)

Jim said...

Cliff, we are in Blair tonight at the Super 8. We will come up tomorrow but first I have to get a picture made for the float poster board.
We also want to see Jean and Dwain, John, and Jack and Linda (my cousins) tomorrow.
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Laura said...

I can remember when I was little our dancing group would go into the senior citizens center and tap dance for the folks. Both my parents worked there and I had two great grandfathers that lived there so I visited often. So many of the seniors enjoy interacting with kids and I think it was because of this interaction with the elderly that I worked as a nursing assistant for about 10 years. Of the jobs I have had in my life, making those last days comfortable and enjoyable was my favorite. Glad to see that the tradition is still kept up.

poopie said...

Hey..one never gets too old for a pony ride!

Dan said...

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