Horsin’ around …

March 24, 2009 § 7 Comments

Hey, kids! Get over  here and sit down and eat your lunch with the rest of us! Stop messing around!
Oh, Mom, we’re not doing anything. Just hanging around, chillin’.  We’ll be there in a minute. (and quietly under his breath, the one in the white tee adds “and besides you guys are so boring…”

Don’t make me come over there!
What? What, mom? Oh!!!! Look out … Run, Marta, run! Take my hand.We’re coming, Mom! We’re coming!

Pete! Come on! Your lunch is getting cold. And you’re going to freeze.
Sorry, can’t hear you, Mom! 


Pete was indeed getting a bit chilly but the thrill of the water popping up out of the ground was just too much and the noon sun was doing its best to burn through the clouds. It wasn’t every day that Pete could feel his future, what it was going to be like, to be a man.

Finally he turned and chased after his siblings. Surely they’d be up for a game on this water court after lunch.  After all, it wasn’t like swimming, like when you have to wait a half hour before going in the water or you’d get cramps. Pete raced past his mom, skidded to a stop, backed up to her, snaked out a wet chilly hand and messed her hair, then dashed off laughing.
Pete! she said, patting her hair and smiling.
He’s a good boy, that Pete, his aunt said.

Oh, Pete loved a day off as much as any kid.


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§ 7 Responses to Horsin’ around …

  • Snarl says:

    Where were you for this, ma? I can’t pinpoint it.

  • oh says:

    I snapped these photos in Houston, in February. We’re at Green Park, which the hotel concierge likened to NY’s Central Park. I saw no such similarity except in its popularity – there were people everywhere in this block-size green having all kinds of fun.

  • ds says:

    Wonderful! What fun for the kids to do–and for you to write (& therefore me to read). Made my morning–thanks!

  • jeanie says:

    Delightful — pure and simply, delightful!

  • Kim L says:

    Ah man I want to jump through a water fountain now. too bad I would absolutely freeze since it is 30 degrees in MN.

  • oh says:

    ds, cute kids, eh? never saw ’em b efore in my life but there I was in a public park and there they were having a grand old time…

    hi, Jeanie, glad you enjoyed and hope you’re seeing and enjoying signs of Spring!

    Kim L – this pic was in Houston in Febr. I was jealous of the weather at the time. But recently here in STL, it’s been lovely. But now a blizzard looms, likely blowing its Denver remnants on us over the weekend. How lovely if the weather man is wrong!

  • shoreacres says:

    At first I thought this was the Kemah Boardwalk – they have a similar fountain. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to know the same firm was behind both. They’re delightful even for big people in the summer!

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