We pulled up in my Mom’s turquoise SUV and I skipped all the way to the front door. I was so excited. I got to go where only employees get to go. I was going to get to see what the vets do while your dogs or cats are having surgery, or just back there for a check up. They all welcomed me kindly. One of them was cleaning a black and white dogs teeth. Another was getting rid of an abscess on a lab’s lip. I saw where they stay overnight, get bathed, and where they can run around during the day if their owners are away and the vets are “pet sitting” them.
I am from horses,
From flowers and candles.
I am from the big brown house on the corner,
With the smell of dinner cooking in the kitchen.
I am from the bright green grass,
The oak tree,
Whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.
I’m from Christmas and celebrating birthdays with going out to eat after a party,
From my mom and dad,
I’m from soccer balls and singing.
And from telling about our day at night,
I’m from “apologize” and “don’t say anything if you can’t say something nice”,
And Lullaby Baby.
I’m from having fun,
I’m from New Mexico and Texas,
Tacos and pizza.
From my great-grandmother and great-grandfather,
Getting out of Austria during WWII.
I’m from horse paintings,
And from hiding under my bed as we play hide and go seek.
My hand moving as fast as possible as I try to figure out which x-intercept is the correct one. Thoughts rush through my head telling me different ways until one finally stands out to me. I jot it down quickly and check my work. I turn it in to my teacher and at the end of the class period she returns it with an “A” on the front.
The long flowing mane drifted behind him as he cantered to the pure white fence. The thundering sound of his hoofs beating the ground, echoed through my ears, clear and loud. As he reached my side he sniffed me wanting treats. I handed him a bright red apple which he took and ate with two huge bites. Slobbery apple juice dripped down his side.
The lights hit me by surprise as I looked out of the windshield into the dark night sky. Tall enormous buildings loomed in front of my face as I gazed into the distance. I hadn’t seen anything like it, they were lit up like a shining star with black spots here and there.
Suddenly it started to sprinkle. One minute later it poured. The night sky was dark and cold. I didn’t have an umbrella with me so I was getting soaked. That night I was sleeping at the barn. I needed to help bring in some of the horses from the pasture. I walked slowly out there trying not to scare them by running. One of the ponies named Griffin came up to me, he wanted to get out of the rain. I slipped the halter onto him and headed in to the barn. He was wild because the rain had scared him a little bit. Once I was under the cover of the barn roof I could feel my wet clothes sticking to my body, I hated that feeling. After all the horses were away I went inside to get warm.
I walked into the arena with confidence on my horse Paul. At the corner we picked up a canter. The wind was blowing into my braids which we’re flying back behind me. As soon as we rounded the corner a 3ft jump was ahead of us. I counted his strides evenly making sure he didn’t speed up or slow down. When we got to the jump Paul tucked his knees and leapt through the air.
In the frosty glimmering snow,
Behind the huge fort that took hours to build,
In front of our house with smoke coming out of the chimney,
Underneath the falling snowflakes,
Despite the numbing cold the snowball fight kept going,
Beyond the tall leafless trees that stood still and crooked,
Next to the beautiful sight of massive snowy mountains,
Snow Falling In Skardu. 2012. Photograph. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.
Written by Allyson and Miranda
We are learning how to say the alphabet in Spanish. We know all the letters from A-Z! It is so much fun! When we learn how to say them we say them in rhythm. Once you have the rhythm down it is easy to remember
It was the morning of Christmas Eve, my dad, my brothers and I went to the bike store to fix something on my dads bike. My mom went out on an errand that she didn’t tell us about and got home right after we got home. My parents told us to go upstairs and watch some TV, but come down when they asked us to. All of us knew that it was going to be a Christmas present but none of us knew what it was going to be.
My brother, Hudson, who is 2 years younger than me thought it was going to be a TV set for each of us which would go into our room. My brother, Grant, who is 7 years younger than me thought it was going to be another jeep. I thought it was going to be a pet…
When my parents called us down we rushed down the stairs and into the kitchen. They gave us a card with a riddle on it, it was a treasure hunt.
The first place the riddle said to look was the pantry. We hurried to the pantry where there was a puppy bed waiting for us. We all screamed with joy, because we knew we were getting a puppy. We barely got through the next clue before running to the next place it said. In that spot there were some dog bones with a clue tapped to the bag. The clue told us to go somewhere in the back. Hudson thought it meant the backyard, but when we got there nothing was there. We realized that it meant the back of the house which is where the guest room is.
We opened the door to the guest room and there in the middle of the room was a 6 weeks old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy. Her name was Smudge and she was tricolored which meant she had white, black, and brown on her. I slowly walked up to her and picked her up. She laid in my arms scared since she didn’t know us, but enjoying every single minute of it. Next my brothers held her and all of us had smiles that stretched all the way across our face.
That was the best Christmas present I have ever had. I was so excited and it wasn’t even Christmas yet, I couldn’t imagine what tomorrow would be like if the day before was amazing!