Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Virginia's Second Riding Lesson . . . by Jesseca

For some reason, Virginia just can't wait for another riding lesson. I wonder why? Let Jesseca tell you in her new story. Enjoy! (859 words)
The very next Saturday, Virginia and her mother showed up at the ranch.
Earlier, I had teasingly asked Mitch what his plans were for the day.
He frowned at me and said, “I was planning to ride into town and pick up some things we need around the ranch, but Chad told me this morning that he needed all the help he could get trying to round up ol' Whirlwind. He wouldn’t listen a bit to me when I told him I thought he should sell him. Said Whirlwind was too good of a horse.”
“Well, you had better make sure you stay away from the house today,” I laughingly told him.
“I’m planning to!” Mitch had replied.
Later, as I went outside to meet Virginia, I glanced around to see if Mitch had left yet.
Mitch's horse, Chase
He’d had some trouble getting the horses fed this morning. Sure enough, there he was, riding Chase as fast as he could away from the ranch.
Just then, Virginia stepped out of the carriage and headed toward me. I was relived to see that she was wearing a split riding skirt today and not that ridiculous riding habit she’d worn last week. Smiling, Virginia asked, "Are you ready to start the riding lesson?”
“As ready as I'll ever be,” I muttered and began to walk toward the barn, with Virginia right on my heels. Mother and Mrs. Foster were inside, chattering together in the parlor.
As we got to the barn, Virginia asked, “Is Mitch here today?”
“He is out with Chad,” I answered. “They’re trying to catch Whirlwind.”
“Oh,” said Virginia, sounding terribly disappointed.
“Let’s start our lesson,” I said.
It took about 30 minutes to get Pal saddled. Virginia seemed to be doing everything just as slow as possible. She's probably hoping Mitch comes back, I thought, and tried to hurry her a little faster.
Just as I got her up into the saddle, I heard hoof beats behind me. Turning around, I saw who the rider was.
At the same moment, Virginia also realized who it was. “Mitch!” she exclaimed. 
What could have brought him back so soon? I wondered. Whatever the reason, he was in trouble now! Turning to Virginia, I tried to get her mind back on the lesson. “Okay, Virginia,” I started, “you need to get your mind off Mitch and just focus on the lesson.”
I don't think she heard a word I said. She just kept watching Mitch. Then she turned to me and said, “I want Mitch to help with the lesson.”
I rolled my eyes. “Mitch is busy,” I said. “Now, you need to remember to relax and—”
“I want Mitch to help!” Virginia Insisted.
I sighed. She could be quite stubborn when she wanted something. “All right,” I said. “I’ll go talk to him about it.”
Slowly, I walked to the barn, where Mitch had dismounted and was tying Chase to the post. “Why, oh why did you come back?” I exclaimed.
He looked at me grimly. “Chad and the other ranch hands were able to catch Whirlwind, so Chad suggested I come back here and go into town for those supplies we need. But I came back here to see if Mother needed anything first.”
“Well, you won’t be leaving anytime soon,” I said.
“Why not?” He looked at me, startled.
“Virginia refuses to continue the lesson unless you are there to help.”
Mitch groaned. “Let’s make this as quick as possible,” he said as we walked back to where Virginia was sitting on Pal, still gripping the saddle horn as hard as possible.
“Hi, Mitch,” she said, batting her eyelashes at him.
“Howdy, Virginia,” he replied. I could tell he was doing his best to remain polite.
Needless to say, the lesson seemed to take forever. By the time Virginia came to her senses and concentrated on the riding lesson (with only Mitch teaching her, of course), I was heartily hoping she wouldn't ever want another riding lesson!
But I have to admit she learned much faster from Mitch then she learned from me! In about 45 minutes, Mitch had Virginia riding around the house quite confidently. When I finally told her the lesson was over, she insisted that Mitch walk back with her to the barn and help her dismount.
When her feet touched the ground, she jumped into Mitch’s arm’s, much to his shock and dismay. “Andi is so lucky to have you as a brother,” she gushed. “Thank you so much for teaching me how to ride, and for saving my life, and for being my hero!”
Mitch reddened and gave me a “help-me-right-now” look.
I smiled teasingly at him but walked forward and said to Virginia, “Why don’t we go inside and tell your mother how you did?”
She let go of Mitch and dashed toward the house.
“Thanks, little sis!” Mitch exclaimed, “I am now on my way to town.” And he ran off toward the barn.
I laughed and walked slowly to the house, thinking of all the ways I could tease Mitch about this.
But that is a story for another time!

 

42 comments:

  1. Very funny! You did a super job Jesseca.

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  2. Hi everyone. Please pray for a family we know. The father and his car are missing, and it appears from the tracks in the garden and his glasses found in the bushes that there was some kind of struggle. Please pray that he is safe and will be found very soon, for all his family and friends, and, although I find it very difficult to do so, for the terribly lost people responsible for this awful happening. Any prayers will be greatly appreciated, this is a very hard, sad time for all who know him. Please spread the word and ask everyone you know to pray for them. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Michaela. We are not a large group, but hopefully our little arrows will ascend to the throne. My prayer is God's protection around this father, and that he will not lose hope or faith, but totally lean on Christ. I pray his family will not be afraid during this time.
      ~ Mrs. M

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    2. Yes Michaela, I will definitely pray for the family, and also for the people responsible for this. I had a cousin who was "lost" for a couple days, it's very scary, and that wasn't even my immediate family. I can't imagine my dad missing :'(
      Love and Prayers
      ~Alicia

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    3. By the way, that is a very excellent story Jesseca!!! Great job :)

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    4. I will pray too, Michaela. Let this family know that they have people all of the country praying for them and that we pray that he will return safely and everything will be alright.

      And Jesseca, Alicia is right, this was really well written and I love your writing style! You did a great job writing this, I'm very impressed! :)

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    5. We will pray for him!!
      hope all goes well!!

      Great story Jesseca!
      I really liked it, good job!! :D
      Poor Mitch. :P
      ~Meg

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    6. I'll be praying as well. It is comforting to remember that God already knows where the father is and what is happening.

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    7. I just read the story, I also prayed and will keep praying for them, we just gotta keep praying and trust Jesus to do His part, because Hi will.

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    8. I loved your story by the way.

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    9. sure I'll pray. that sounds terible.

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    10. I agree with Alicia {she's my sister} And yes I'll pray
      Anna age 9

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  3. That was an awesome story! I sent mine in last night. It is called, The Great Chore-undoing Scandal. Wow, that is scary. I hope they find him soon!

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  4. Mrs. Marlow, do you think that you might visit the AZ homeschool convention again?
    Audrey

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    1. We would have gone THIS year if they hadn't changed it to the same weekend as the CHEC convention in Denver, which we were already signed up for. *sigh* We LOVE the AZ convention and are hoping we can go next year, 2014 . . .

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  5. Thank you everyone!
    I will definently be praying Michaela! That sounds really scary.

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  6. I hope you come next year. I will probably be a vendor.
    Audrey

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  7. Thank you so much, everyone, for all your thoughts and prayers! It means so much. Thank you.

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  8. Yes,we will pray for him too!!
    I hope they find him soon!!! :)
    I loved your story Jesseca!!
    KB

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  9. I sell crocheted products, such as coasters and dish scrubbies. I hope to make some candles and soap for next year.

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  10. Me,my family,and church will be praying the family you know and that their Dad will be back soon.
    Great story Jesseca but I do feel sorry for Mitch.
    I have been thinking of writing a story but I am not very good at writing.

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    1. Yes, Audrey is right! I edit, so go for it. I can smooth over any rough edges you think it might have. We'll all love it, and who knows? You might want to be a writer after all!!!

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    2. I feel sorry for Mitch also!!
      You should write one! I bet it would come out great!!

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    3. me ether but i am still writing a story but it will be awhile

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  11. Go for it! Mrs. Marlow edits it, so you have nothing to lose. It is a lot of fun!
    Audrey

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    1. I might give it a try ;D

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    2. That's the spirit Shelby!! :)

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    3. she does wow. i did not know that i will probably need it :(

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  12. Oh, Mrs.Marlow ‘Where in the world are you form?’ what is that for?

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    1. That just shows where all of us our from. When you are on the page and notice some flashing dots on the world globe, it shows where you are from. All the dots show visitors to the page. I just put it up a few days ago, so it will take a while to "fill up" the world with visitors. I found it over on Bethany's (horse crazy girl) blog and went and got one myself. :-)

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    2. I just renamed it so it makes more sense. Does that help?

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    3. Yes,thank you :D

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  13. Thanks again to everyone who is praying. Its appreciated so much.

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  14. Mrs. M I know Jessica already made a Virginia's next lesson, but can I try to make one two? It would be different and instead of Andi telling it it would be Virginia telling it.

    Jessica that was a very good story.
    Aimee

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    1. Aimee, I would LOVE to share a story about Virigina's riding lesson from Virginia's point of view. That would be AWESOME. Send it via the form on the right sidebar, or to my email address: susankmarlow [at] gmail [dot] com

      (I wrote it like that to keep the spammers away from my email.) :-)

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    2. Can I still write one to? because its already started I just need to finish it Anna age 9

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    3. That would be fun Amiee! I can't wait to read it!

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    4. Yes, Anna, you sure can write one too! That would be fun!

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  15. Great story Jesseca!!!

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Let Andi know what you think!