Every time Other Boy's pony came around he (the boy, not the pony) looked absolutely miserable. His face was red and blotchy, and he was trying to climb off the pony. His dad just held him on the pony...no matter how much Other Boy squirmed his Daddy was going to make him wear his big boy pants and tough it out.
On the other hand, Baby Boy had a smile on his face most the time, waved at me a few times, and would lean forward to pet the pony every once in a while. I was so proud of Baby Boy's bravery and sense of adventure.
As I was snapping photos of Baby Boy and watching Other Boy on their pony ride, I wondered:
- Why do some kids just embrace a love for animals, and others react with fear?
- Is it the disposition of the kid, the reaction of the parents, a little of both, or neither?
- Do kids with pets respond to other animals better?
That's a horse? It looks like a grown up pony? Are you sure it isn't a pony? Next year, I think I'll be ready to ride one of these Daddy!
I think it likes me, Daddy!