|Pony Ride courtesy photobucket.com|
The year was 1936, and we had been living in our
new city of Oakland for only a few weeks, when my aunt Mary invited us to a picnic at Golden Gate Park in . San Francisco
Our cars drove on to the ferry at the
landing at the foot of Broadway, (which is now Oakland Jack London Square) and we were excited to ride the ferry boat across the Bay.
Oh how green that rippling water looked to me as I gazed out of one of the port holes. Soon we arrived at the
Aunt Mary thought we should eat first, so she spread out a table cloth and we enjoyed fried chicken, potato salad, chips, cake and a good supply of soda pop.
My brother and baby sister stayed with my parents, but my older cousin, Norman was given the task to entertain me by taking me to ride the ponies.
I was five years old and trusting, so I saw no wrong in what I was told to do next.
My cousin placed me on a pony and gave me a ticket to hand to the man. Then he told me to stay on the pony when the ride was over and to tell the worker, “I gave my ticket to the other man.” Then
left and went to find his brothers. Norman
Two more rides were enjoyed by using that particular phrase. It was true that I had given my ticket to the other man, but it was also true that my ticket entitled me to only ONE ride. It was later that I figured out what had really happened.
Even today there are many people who desire to get something for nothing! Maybe a certain amount of finagling is in all of us if we see an opportunity and seize the moment.
I might be more critical and harsh if it were not for the fact that there have been times that I knowingly have been guilty of stepping over the line.
It is when our eyes are opened to our own shortcomings (sins) and we are willing to repent, that God can and will help us to walk a better path.
Most of us enjoy getting something free, but usually there is a catch. Frequently it is “Buy one get one free.” Or buy a certain amount and get something free! Oops a hook with bait.
So if you are offered a pony ride and it looks like a free trip, inspect it carefully there may be a snare under the saddle.
You might enjoy a post by Anna of her Youth Camp experience.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ANNA’S POST Her post has a cute photo of her daughter on a horse - which reminded me of my post here.
This post has been shared at: Joy’s Wednesday; Flaws and Nakedness