Sitting with the Squire by the duck pond, there was not too much dialogue happening; we were immersing ourselves in what was happening around us. A moment that stood out was the antics of one adventurous toddler.
To the left, heading along the path, a young child strode along with her grandparents, one hand holding the woman’s hand tightly, the other hand outstretched in the direction of the man. Well, that’s what I first thought until she rejected that hand and grabbed the dog’s leash. The dog’s face said it all as he peered up into the man’s face; the man indicted with a nod and a knowing look, straight ahead lad, as the child softly slapped the dog’s rear to get the show on the road— best yet snippet of people watching for quite a while.
The child held onto that leash for a few metres before dog walking control was once again under the calming influence of the man. The dog in question looked relieved.
Capturing the dog walker toddler moment took me back to the day my family and I attended the yearly local country fair.
Memories of a Calf Day
Attending the yearly local country fair was always a memorable event, even more so, some years than others. There was so much to do, and one particular event had my enthusiasm reaching total capacity. Organisers were looking for keen youngsters to show off the young calves by leading them around a large field. Being a goer and vocally repeating “I can do it”, age never made me question my ability to try something new. This particular year I was around five years old. So, with pleading and a smidgin of sulking, I got to volunteer to walk one of those young calves with other older children; as I said, I was older in my mind than five.
Best of all, I was to receive a penny for this wondrous adventure.
Off I went, my parents, shaking their heads in disbelief at how I managed to wangle this feat. All was going well until the moment I discovered I had dropped that penny. In my grief, I completely forgot, the calf and I were supposed to be a pair. All hell, let loose. For some reason, to this day, I can’t fathom why no one came to assist me in finding that penny. It was to be another very memorable country fair for all concerned.
Was I ever given the opportunity again? I think you can answer that.