Friday, October 15, 2010

The Horse Whisperer

Eden is a Boy Scout.  He absolutely hates it. (Sorry Carlos and Jared, it's not your fault.)   I'm guessing it's because it involves work, and trying new things. 

Every time Eden hears the word "merit badge" he dies a little inside.   At least that's what he said last week.  And he meant it.

But here's the thing.   Even though Eden thinks he hates Scouts, he's actually learned things he absolutely loves.   Case in point.   The horsemanship merit badge.   Eden had to work on that this summer at Scout Camp.  And when he came home, all he could talk about was horses and how much fun it was to ride.

It's October, and he hasn't stopped -- hating Scouts or talking about horses.  So last week, we signed him up for riding lessons.   He loves it.  Loves, loves, loves it.  And I am glad, because riding horses involves a lot more than just riding --  you learn about caring for something besides yourself.   You have to groom and saddle the horse, and feed the horse, and shovel a lot of sh#@ . . . all of which comes in handy when you become a parent.    You have to learn patience when the horse doesn't do what you want it to do.  And you have to be patient with yourself as you learn the ropes, so to speak.    

All good lessons, if you ask me.

I think Eden's on his way to becoming a Horse Whisperer.


Lyndsay said...

I rode English for 12 years. I ADORED it. And miss it terribly. Eden looks so handsome on the horse! Just like a natural.

P.S. Did you know there is a Graphic Design and Filmmaking merit badge? Yup.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I have never ridden a horse. And Eden can't hate scouts as much as I do. Cub scouts anyway. Cause I have enough to do without it. I'll be glad when they're in boy scouts and their Eagle Scout dad can take over that department.

meg duerksen said...

i love horse back riding.
so much.
it's been way too years.

how cool that he has found something he loves.
that means something!

and still no pork recipe made.
i am scared to fail!!!

Jenni said...

that is awesome that he is so into the horse riding thing! hopefully he won't want you to make your first horse purchase anytime soon!

i thought i wanted to be a cowgirl for the longest time...i was often terrified of riding the actual horse, but oh man, were some of those cowboys so cute! ha!