I can’t believe it! We’re up to week 7 of Short & Sweets already! That means there’s only one more week to go (and boy is next week going to be awesome!!!) but it also means that summer is drawing to an end. It has flown by so fast! And I still haven’t updated the backlog of Perfect Picture Books that I was sure to get done with so much time…. Better get cracking! 🙂
But I’ve been hard at work on some other things…. which maybe I’ll tell you about one of these days… 🙂
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For today’s Short & Sweet, we’re taking a field trip! It can be anywhere you want – and anything that fits into what you’re already doing – no special outings necessary. Going out with your kids to the beach, the zoo, a museum, the playground, the library? Going shopping at the grocery store? Washing the car? You don’t even need to leave the house – the kitchen or the back porch will be just fine!
Weathered wood. Dutch doors.
It smells like summer, warm and sweet, but with a hint of molasses and clean leather. Dust motes hang in the haze of late afternoon sunshine slanting through the barred windows. The brass nameplates on the leather halters wink in the golden light – Jasmine, Pennywhistle, Thumbelina.
Clip-clop-clip-clop. Snowflake’s unshod hooves thud lightly on the aisle as Ginny leads her in from the pasture. She lowers her muzzle to her bucket and takes long swallows, then lifts her head, dark eyes soft, drops of water bejeweling her whiskers.
A few feet away, Blackjack sneezes into his hay.
Ginny runs a hand over Snowflake’s satin shoulder. She reaches up and straightens the silver forelock between her ears, smoothing it down. Snowflake rubs her cheek against Ginny’s arm, almost knocking her down.
“Silly girl!” Ginny laughs, then steps back into the aisle and rolls the heavy door shut.
It is quiet but for the occasional rustle of a hoof drawn through straw, the rhythmic munching of horses nose deep in alfalfa and timothy.
This is Ginny’s favorite place to be.
(Okay. So mine is 181 words. I never claimed to be succinct 🙂 And I hope you didn’t have too much trouble figuring out where Ginny is :))
Have a fantastic weekend everyone! There will be a birthday party going on at my house – YUM! MORE CAKE! 🙂