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Healing, Home Of The Brave(s), And A Mickey Mouse Production *Weekend Open Thread*

February 25, 2017

Whew, finally, it is the weekend.This past week has been another week chock full of angst, anger, screaming, and yelling, with a bit of gnashing of teeth thrown in for good measure.


As crazy as people can be, even orchestrated as many of these current protests are (thanks, Obama!), and as outrageous as people can be these days, I have a story for you of human kindness that I hope you like that appeared recently in IHeartHorses. It is about a little girl named Lex, a warm-hearted stranger, and the healing power of horses, or in this case, a pony named Snickerdoodle. From IHeartHorses:

This is Lex, a 7 year old girl who suffers from cerebral palsy, Asperger’s syndrome, a seizure disorder, heart problems, and kidney trouble. Knowing all these things, her parents only want to make her life easier and overcome the pain. The least thing they can do is to make her happy in the simplest ways. Since she has always loved horses, her parents called up some friends to help them cheer her up. They created a Facebook page “Horses for Lex” and asked for people to send her drawings of horses, but it turned out to be more than what they expected. See how this suffering little girl reacted when she discovers she’ going home with the horse she’s riding on…

What a lovely, LOVING gift for this little girl. I mean, really – how many little girls don’t dream of getting a pony? And for THIS little girl, Snickerdoodle provides healing on so many levels, it is truly heartwarming.

Always good to be reminded of the kindness of strangers, especially when there are so many people out there acting in the most unkind ways these days.

Still, we are lucky to live in the Home of the Brave, or in my case, the Spring home of the Atlanta Braves. Yes, this Saturday, we are heading down to Orlando for the week to join dear friends from Baton Rouge, the parents of our 6 year old godson. Before we meet up with them, though, we get to go to the Braves’ first game of Spring Training. Taking the mound for the Braves’ is Bartolo Colon, who seems ageless as he continues to pitch at the age of 43. WOW. It should be a good day at the stadium. You know I am so, so happy that BASEBALL is here!  Woohoo!

The main reason for our trip to Orlando, as you might guess since we will be with a 6 year old, is Disney World. Honestly, I never got to go Disney Parks when I was young, so being able to go as an adult (this will be my third time) is pretty cool for me. It’s never too late to fulfill those childhood dreams, know what I mean?

We have quite the itinerary planned for our four days of Park-hopping beginning with the Magic Kingdom, and breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Castle:

Yep, that is how we will be kicking off four days of a Mickey Mouse production!

We have a day planned at Animal Kingdom where the one ride I am bound and determined to ride (these days, I can’t do many of them, especially the spinning ones), is this one:

Hey, it is supposed to be in the ’80’s there that day, so getting soaked won’t necessarily be a BAD thing!

There will be many more adventures on which we will go, including some train rides, like this one (about my speed now for roller coasters):

These are definitely some big productions, are they not?

Epcot Center will be on the list as well as the Hollywood Park. All of them to which we will be going, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood, have some pretty cool things to see and do.

But of course, the best part of this is experiencing it with our friends for sure, but through the eyes of their 6 year old son. Nothing like watching the joy, wonderment, and excitement on the face of a child. Like Lex with her Snickerdoode above, that delight is beautiful to behold.

Needless to say, I won’t be around much this coming week. I trust you will understand if I don’t weigh in too often. I’ll be back by the end of the week. I should warn you though, that even then, I will be packing up in earnest for our upcoming move into the new house.

In the meantime, when the Spirit moves, our dear Marge will put up some posts for your consideration. That is always a treat.

Since this is the Weekend Open Thread, I want to leave you with the following video, a tune by the O’Connor Band, “Always Do.” This was my first introduction to this group. They are incredibly accomplished musicians. I loved this song, and hope you like it, too:

Aren’t they wonderful? So glad to know about them.

Well, that’s it for me, friends. Time’s a wastin’ and I have many miles to travel before I sleep, so gotta go.

I hope you all have a great weekend. Feel free to discuss whatever is on your minds since this is, after all, the Weekend Open Thread.

Take care!