Friday, December 26, 2008

Your Christmas Feel-Good Story

Best Christmas Ever. Again.

Husband and I unwittingly gave each other the exact same digital photo frame (!). Which is great, 'cause we both wanted one. And lots and lots of books. (Details later in a post for the book-curious among us. Perhaps now that Barak and Michelle will be the American First Couple, reading will be fashionable again and intellectual curiosity won't be something to hide under the mattress like a battered copy of Penthouse.)

Meanwhile, here's your Christmas Feel-Good Story, a perfect antidote for all the recent economic news.

God bless the horses, God bless the people of McBride, British Columbia, and God bless us, every one.

ronnie

PS: Don't miss the slideshow of photos documenting the rescue.

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Blogger Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

I LOVE this story! I'm SO glad you shared it with us.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

From the story:

"David Jeck, a horse owner, sent his daughter back the next day with two things: a .44 Magnum rifle and a bale of hay.

“'If they look like they're in distress, put them down,” Mr. Jeck instructed his daughter, Toni. “If they look like they're able to survive, feed them.'”


Now, if you replace the word daughter with son in the quote, then the story is merely gooseflesh-inducing wonderful. As it really is, the reader really, really wants to know more about Toni, too.

Or is that just the way Canadian women are -- like Georgian ones?

10:57 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

NFTP: Thanks!

Sherwood: From everything I've read so far, these folks - the family who originally found the animals - are genuine frontiers-folk, and are all deserving of our awe, as people who genuinely understand the realities of prairie life.

Another news account I read had Toni in communication with her dad (via cellphone?), and she said, "There's the spark of life in their eyes, and I think they can make it". Which is when they decided to try the hay.

We've been getting updates on this situation for a week now, mostly through the mouth of Toni's mother, the matriach of the clan, who seems to actually run the whole show. So, yeah, I guess this is the way this particular breed of Canadian women is. I just couldn't stand to report on it until I knew how it turned out.

I respect this family so much for all their decisions - including considering the worst option, which might've been the kindest.

But there is nothing like a happy ending!

ronnie

11:14 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Twas a wonderful story, one that made headlines in most major and national papers here in this country. Good folk and a beautiful place to visit, I have been through there.
Sad about the economic times they are going through, but makes for a great "feel good story" doesn't it?

1:21 PM  
Blogger Dann said...

Hi Ronnie,

Perhaps now that Barak and Michelle will be the American First Couple, reading will be fashionable again and intellectual curiosity won't be something to hide under the mattress like a battered copy of Penthouse.

I can't tell you how much that mischaracterization hurts.

And that is mostly because I like you so very much.

Regards,
Dann

12:30 PM  

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