Straight from the red diary of the little girl who tells the tales in
When The Roll Is Called A Pyonder: Tales From a Mennonite Childhood.
May 7, 1980
Yesterday I got a pony his name is Sparckey, but he’s not mine, he’s Julie Hoffer’s. Her mom and dad are going on a trip and Julie and her brother Gary are going to her friends house, so I get to take care of him until they get back. Last night I went to ride Sparckey and he almost threw me off. But he seems to like when I brush and comb him. And when I comb his mane. I took Sparkey for a walk in the medow (he had just been in the crall).
May 9, 1980
Early this morning Matthew’s Grandpa died and when Matthew came to school he looked as if he would cry and when we were about ready to start singing he burst out crying. Today I had my first peano lesson it was fun. I had to do a hard finger exersize and play two songs that were stupid and one neat one.
This photo is from a few years later when I am in sixth grade and have my first horse. Pictured with me are Missy Miller and Karen (Longenecker) Carter. Dandy met an unhappy fate after he bit me on the leg and sent me into the house crying.
The next post from my Red Diary will be the last one. The Red Diary ends there and others continue.
I am working on a new diary project to be announced next month and launched at the beginning of 2015. If you liked this ride, hold onto your hat because the next one is even more fun.