Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pee Wee Rodeo Lesson

Last spring, I decided to enter my kids into the Pee Wee rodeos over in Central Oregon. I did this for two reasons - one, because I thought they would have fun with the other kids and learn to ride better, and two, I thought it would be a wonderful way for my family so spend time together, since my parents live in Sisters and my brother's girls were doing the Pee Wee rodeos, too.

However, it did not turn out to be the happy affair I had anticipated. For one thing, it brought up a lot of personal issues for me, which I told myself I could handle, but in fact made me one big bundle of nerves. Secondly, I had no idea how competitive Pee Wee Rodeo was. The vision I had of the kids riding around with other kids and having a high old time was nothing like the reality of the event. It is serious business, people! As serious as a heart attack, and I felt like I was going to have a heart attack from all the tension in the air. Needless to say, we didn't do too well. I had to walk with Brailey and Britt through their events because their horse was a turd and Brady was mortified to be there because he didn't feel like they were ready in the first place. And he was right! In fact, none of us were ready. It was one of the most devastating experiences of my life.

It isn't easy to admit you were "wrong," and that is what I had to do. I was so disappointed, because I had envioned the cousins all having fun together and a great family adventure with every rodeo. It wasn't what we needed, though, that's for sure. We just aren't the kind of people to be out for blood at this stage of childhood. And we aren't as experienced at riding, either.

So we've moved on to local horse shows around here, and Brady's mother made Brailey Shaye the most gorgeous pair of show chaps (you say it like this: SHAPS, not chaps like you city slickers say) you've ever seen in your life. Brailey and I are going to start riding at the neighbor's new barn next week while Brady and Britt are at tee ball practice, and I'm really looking forward to it. I think we have a great summer ahead of us, and I'm going to love every second of it, starting right now, in the spring. And I think the plans I have for this spring will pan out a whole lot better than my pee wee rodeo plans did last spring. Live and learn, baby, live and learn!

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