I got four birthday cakes today! (and a request: "let's have another talk.")

@TheHorse (128292)
Walnut Creek, California
April 6, 2021 9:41pm CST
I suppose none them knew that I don't have that much of a sweet tooth. The birthday cakes came from my four groupies, even though they've never heard me play rock 'n roll. They even asked whether I had my guitar with me. They are the four Latina girls who were my students last year, before the pandemic. I've known each of them since they were 1 1/2-years-old. Now, their playground is right next to ours (they're in the 3-and-above class), separated by a three-foot chain-link fence. Yesterday, they came up to the fence while I was watching my current 1 1/2 to 2 1/2-year-olds. We had a lengthy conversation about how our years had gone. They remembered my name (Mr. Horse). Today, when we were all outside, one of them said "Let's have another talk." I knew exactly what she meant She wanted me to sit by the fence so we could chat again whiile I watched the "younger" kids. Later, I obliged her, and while we chatted, one of the girls made me a birthday cake. It was made out of sand, and had one candle in it (a twig that had fallen from a nearby tree). I gobbled it up, saying "num num num," and they all laughed. Then I shared my cake with each of them. Not to be outdone, the other three made me birthday cakes as well. For the record, my birthday is in September. I left my friend's preschool with a happy heart. But I still had to teach four guitar and piano lessons at Guitar Center later in the day. I'll write about that later. Are there certain things in your life that just warm your heart beyond measure?
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@sallypup (44135)
• Moses Lake, Washington
7 Apr
You're a good guy under all that guitar music.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
Or I fake it well.
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@sallypup (44135)
• Moses Lake, Washington
7 Apr
@TheHorse Remember that it was you who said that not me.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
@sallypup Those kids are so delightful I can't even come up with a clever response.
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• Philippines
7 Apr
Oh how sweet! The cakes and the students. These moments are priceless.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
They really are.
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@ptrikha_2 (30530)
• India
7 Apr
Wish you a very Happy Birthday !! Now how would you be able to eat all of those?
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
I just went "num num num." It was easy!
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
7 Apr
I wonder if they'd tried to stuff it in his mouth..LOL That would be the day...evil grin.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
@vandana7 It's the other way around, actually. Kids like to put stuff in their mouths. I teach them how to take "pretend bites" and then laugh.
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@rakski (87816)
• Philippines
7 Apr
very nice of them to give you a super advance birthday cake
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
Heh. They are SO sweet! And they look out for each other as well. They are delightful children.
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@rakski (87816)
• Philippines
7 Apr
@TheHorse that is nice
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
7 Apr
@TheHorse Do you ever feel like kidnapping any of them?
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@LadyDuck (334448)
• Switzerland
7 Apr
Are those little 3 and half years girls left alone? I am sure they enjoy chatting with you.
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
7 Apr
I wonder what he tells them. I feel jealous ..he gets the company of such cute kids..
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@LadyDuck (334448)
• Switzerland
8 Apr
@vandana7 He surely tells them nice stories, may be he sings for them.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Apr
I'm not sure what their home lives are like. But when I was "their" teacher (when they were "little") we played in the sand a lot together, and chatted away about birds and trees and things.
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@Tampa_girl7 (44976)
• United States
7 Apr
This was a heartwarming discussion. Happy Birthday
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
I'll thank you in September.
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@Tampa_girl7 (44976)
• United States
7 Apr
@TheHorse I forgot that we share the same birth month.
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@ptrikha_2 (30530)
• India
7 Apr
@TheHorse You are also September born? Actually I am also September born.
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@BarBaraPrz (30763)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Apr
Well, one can't have too many birthday cakes...
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
7 Apr
He needs to get his sugar level tested.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Apr
If I age a year for each sand birth cake I've eaten, I'm about 350 years old.
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
11 Apr
@TheHorse Just a second...is it their birthday cake they are giving or your birthday cake..LOL If it is yours...they are mothering you..LOL
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@kaylachan (16765)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
7 Apr
That's cute of those kids to do. Kind of you to houmor them, too.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Apr
Oh, we have fun. I enjoy engaging in fantasy play with them. It keeps my tired old imagination alive.
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@kaylachan (16765)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
9 Apr
That''s a very good thing.@TheHorse
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Apr
@kaylachan It really is. I wonder if I could get rich writing songs that were a combination of kid fantasies and adult...philosophical musings.
@LindaOHio (62719)
• United States
7 Apr
That was a very sweet gesture; and it just shows how many people love you. My husband warms my heart beyond measure every day I see him. :-)
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Apr
That is wonderful!
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@wolfgirl569 (39058)
• Marion, Ohio
7 Apr
Those are the best cakes.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
They really are.
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@DocAndersen (37998)
• United States
7 Apr
and an extension of reason 2 why to be a teacher! I told you they would remember you! i still get emails from kids in my 2nd grade class more than 20 years ago!
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
That's very cool. Have you heard about Francis Wardle's Book, "Oh Boy!"? He talks about the importance of having more male teachers out there, especially as role models for boys. Maybe I'll elaborate in a post. Given our exprerince, it's not a "necessary read," and its main points can be summarized in a few sentences. But I'm glad the book is out there.
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
7 Apr
Wow.
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
7 Apr
@TheHorse I think male teachers are less likely to discriminate and less likely to be indifferent towards their such jobs as they would not take it up in the first place if they did not like doing it.
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@thelme55 (66997)
• Germany
7 Apr
This reminded me of my childhood days making cakes out of sand. I am sure it was a nice celebration with the sand cakes.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Apr
It was a delight.
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@thelme55 (66997)
• Germany
8 Apr
@TheHorse I am sure it was.
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
8 Apr
I wonder why they only gave him a cake and did not build a house for him.
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@xander6464 (20434)
• Wapello, Iowa
7 Apr
Four birthday cakes? I haven't had a birthday that good in weeks.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
Each one was as delicious as the previous.
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@xander6464 (20434)
• Wapello, Iowa
7 Apr
@TheHorse Betty Crocker must be jealous.
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
7 Apr
You must be getting some at your hospital..pretty regularly...
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@oahuwriter (21399)
• United States
8 Apr
Aww, that's sweet!! Everyone had fun & a pleasant time. That's what children need. Busy time for you.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Apr
Paying with the littlies is relalxing for me. Teaching music is a bit more of a "chore," but it's also fun.
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
8 Apr
They talk such sweet things...and their voices are awesome in that stage...
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Apr
@vandana7 I agree.
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@FourWalls (32467)
• United States
7 Apr
With dog poop icing??? It’s the thought that counts. And for the record, my birthday is in two weeks. I expect sand birthday cakes! PS - glad you’re getting lessons to teach!
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
7 Apr
He wanted dog poop icing ..exactly like that. In fact, he might order a birthday cake this year that has poop designs of birds, lizards, dogs, cats, horses, etc. With pony, expect the expected.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
The lessons really are fun. I'll consult with my young chefs about some birthday cakes for you.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Apr
@vandana7 Sigh. I love horse poop. But dog and kitty poop is stinky.
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@GardenGerty (133093)
• United States
7 Apr
Yes, my own personal student does. He is a sweetie, but shows it in funny ways. I am going to put up a happy dance post in a minute, as well. Hope your lessons go well.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Apr
I had four good lessons today.
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• Canada
8 Apr
My rescued kitties make me very happy and content. Most of my kitties are in their senior years and one of the kitty is unable to walk, his name is Zorro. Me and my daughter takes turns in keeping Zorro happy as he has give us love for many years. Right now I have 7 cats that we are taking care of and all my kitties are very adorable and loving. My day goes by very fast in taking care of them, cleaning the litter, feeding them and doing their dishes etc.
@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Apr
It's fun have someone (or someones) to care for. I miss Horse Jr.. Hey, put commas between your "key words" so they can more successfully invite folks to your comment.
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@just4him (240156)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Apr
You had an excellent non-birthday day. Now if you revise the first sentence you can get rid of both of those 'that's without changing the meaning of the sentence.
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Apr
I will check. Or maybe they add nuanced meaning and just have to be there.
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@vandana7 (81306)
• India
7 Apr
This post. You are after my heart if you can be so nice with kids. I don't see many folks do that out here. You are coming up with too many mushy posts..
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@TheHorse (128292)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Apr
Perhaps I will write a mushy song. Or not.
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@Robinhuut (321)
• Bogor, Indonesia
8 Apr
You seem good at playing the guitar usually girls will like it
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