Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Yesterdays post seemed to insinuate that the Water Baby was financially irresponsible. This would not be true and her being overdrawn waas not her fault in the least.
In fact the Water Baby is the only one of the bunch of us that has a lick of Fiduciary Common Sense and Self Discipline.
She always has, since she was only a child.
Her Cowgirl Boots were Red, and her Little Jacket was pink. We bought those boots about 5 sizes too big and it seems like she wore them all the time between the ages of 4 to 11. Like any other young girl, she loved Horses but her love for them was way uncommon.
She had about 100 of them in her room; some were to play with and others were fancy Horses, only for show.

I would take her to the store for a Candy Bar and she would study and examine each and every one of them asking
'How much for this one?"
'Those are 89 cents Baby"
"Oh my, that's too much" she would say and scrunch up her nose and put it back.
She would spy one that was slightly larger and look up to me with those big pretty eyes
"How 'bout this one daddy?
'That's 89 cents too."
And she would hug that Candy Bar and raise her face towards God, grinning so big her eyes would close and you could feel the Heavenly bliss emanating from all her pores.
Then she would gaze longingly at the other selections and put it back, moving on to see if there weren't maybe a slightly better deal for her 89 cents.
We would generally spend about 45 minutes looking through the Candy Bar section before she would really get down to business and ask

"Daddy, how much are carrots?"
"Carrots are about 89 cents for a package"

Then we would drive to the Grocery store and get a bag of Carrots so that we could go around the corner and down to the Creek to feed Brownie.
Brownie was the Chestnut Mare that lived in the little plot of land that the local water tower was on.
In her Red Cowgirl Boots and Pink Jacket, she and Brownie would work that 89 cent bag of Carrots. I've never spent ANY money to any greater effect.

The Water Baby can get more *POP* outta 89 cents than anyone I've ever known.
God, how I love that little girl.


GEWELS said...

Can I be your little girl?
I spend about 6 bucks a week on carrots for the horses in the stable.
And I sure could use me a pair of red cowboy boots! That's about the only color I don't have.

Water Baby said...

The boots were pink too!! and had sparkly tassel things on them and remind me of a smell that makes me happy... they had glitter on them too...

Head Duck Wrangler said...

Now that shows a lot of horse sense there ... atey nine horse sense.
Care-ettes are one-derful.
Quack, Quack!

Barbara said...

I love stories like this. Makes me want to give her a hug. Maybe you should buy her red/pink boots for Christmas. Oops -- they now cost $89.

Water Baby said...

Nope, now days, my cowgirl boots are Maroon!!

Annelisa said...

Hey Steve!

Sounds like Waterbaby has her head screwed on right - if you know the value of money, then you use it right... and if you use it wrong, then at least you are aware of every cent of value you're getting!!

My two girls both loved pink when they were younger, then they went purple then royal blue... which is where they settled. Must admit to liking blue better...never been into pink at all!

Water baby would have looked great in her gear though...she'd probably look great in it now too!! :-)

Mother of Invention said...

AW! That's one of your sweetest posts and it's always so evident how much you love her.

I bet she looked great in those boots and jacket!

Old Lady said...

I remember when candy bars were