One of the things about being the mother of an unschooled child is that I apparently have to provide opportunities for Starling to explore her interests. I have always wanted her to ride because I think it is so classy so I signed her up for riding lessons. She complained a lot on the way over and was not as cooperative as I hoped about wearing pants to ride in. I think I will buy her some cute lil’ jodhpurs for her to wear next week. Anywhoo, we got to the stable and I was eyeing up some of the other moms and they were all very well dressed so I just know I will fit right in! Röbert may need to up his jewelry buying game though.
The riding instructors brought out some horses and tried to put Starling on a brown one. Of course she was not at all interested in riding a common brown horse. She was very clear with the riding instructor that she needed one “as black as coal”, like Black Beauty, or a pure white princess horse. Finally they rounded up a white one for her. She took a bunch of selfies with it but then they wanted her to brush it or something and saddle it up herself. I marched right over and let them know in no uncertain terms that my daughter is NOT a common laborer. I also very politely asked when she could start jumping her horse over fences and they acted like I was nuts. Have they never seen horse riding on television!?
The other mamas were very sweet and I can see that I have found a new set of friends. So excited!