6. Favorite horseback destinationMother does not like me riding into town alone, but that's fine with me. There is very little in town that attracts my attention. I would much rather ride Taffy to my special spot up in the high pasture near the creek. In springtime the creek is rushing and gurgling. By September (or earlier), it's a muddy trickle. Oak trees give Taffy and I shade, and in the spring, the rainbow trout almost jump out of the water and onto my hook. It's also a great place to just lie in the shade and think. Melinda used to ride up with me to my spot, but her favorite horseback (or buggy) destination is . . . wouldn't you know it? Town. Yes, that's right. Dusty, noisy Fresno. She likes to watch the train come in and can't wait to collect the mail at the post office. The mail. Sometimes we go for the mail together, and Melinda gets sidetracked at the milliner's (hat) shop. *sigh*
7. Favorite Birthday giftThere is one thing Melinda and I agree on one hundred percent. That is the special locket we each received for our twelfth birthday. It's truly my favorite gift ever. It's special because it's a tradition Father began with our oldest sister Katherine. When Melinda turned twelve, Father had been killed the spring before, so Justin stepped in and took over the tradition. So, each of us Carter girls got a locket for our twelfth birthday! I will cherish it forever. It was so hard when I gave it to Hannah to keep her from crying when her outlaw of a father, Troy, took her and the other kids away. But I eventually got it back. As a side note, Mother has a locket Father gave her too.
And that wraps up Our Favorite Things. I hope you have enjoyed reading about Melinda and my favorite things!
One more favorite of mine is to annoy Chad and Mitch while they are playing checkers. I sit on the floor next to the checker game and give all kinds of advice, which neither brother takes.