Filly was enthralled. She had been honored to be sent by her school on a special expedition to the Northern parts. She took her best blanket and left with the Appaloosa, the English Mare and the American Buffalo. The animals were led to a fairyland in the North where it was veeeeerrrrrry, veeeerrrrrrrry cold, but veeeeeerrrrry, veeeeerrrrry worth the journey. Read more »
Filly knew that Christmas was coming and she would be far away from her own Sunset Meadow and the traditions of the horses there. But she was eager to share what she had always done with her new found friends and to learn of their traditions in return. Only a small part of the Chinese population is Christian, as Christianity is not an officially sanctioned religion in China. Therefore, Spring Festival becomes a greater holiday than the celebration of Christmas. Chinese Christians are the main proponents of Christmas.
The Chinese make paper lanterns to decorate their homes. Trees are expensive and not often used, but if they are, they are a Tree of Light adorned with paper chains, paper flowers and paper lanterns. These trees are usually artificial. Friends and relatives give each other red envelopes containing lucky money as a gift for the Chinese New Year. Although, not to be outdone, if foreigners are celebrating then students and teachers alike will go out of their way to outdo each other with the ‘best, most precious’ gift. So since you all are out doing your Christmas shopping, I thought I’d enlighten you to what you can expect from your Chinese friends:
Filly had acclimated quite well to her new world. She became a show horse that was paraded at every available opportunity and forced to perform simple circus tricks in addition to her regular duties. Filly found herself quite exhausted, yet she did what she was told.
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Filly was cold! It was cold during the daytime and it was cold during the night time. Biting cold!! Not enough hay or blankets could warm her. It was about that time that she began to realize why people here did certain things a certain way. Read more »
Filly was exasperated by what to do! Borrowed intellectualism was at an all-time high, especially within her British Survey classes. A test of her authority over her students. Who would win? Read more »
Filly found herself in the market one day when a very strange monkey decided to make conversation with her. She told him over and over again that she did not know Chinese and that he should go away, but he kept up with her as she bargained for things she needed and continued to pester her. The rat behind the counter watched carefully all that was happening and relayed the information to all the animals close by. Something was amiss…. Read more »
Filly was given the auspicious task of teaching listening and speaking. She would have many classes and many more students. But even more auspicious a task, daunting even lay before her. Read more »
When Filly arrived in the Dragon’s Lair, she had only the money that she had brought with her. Monkey had promised payment to her for coming over to help them, but she had no idea how the system worked. Was she surprised by the process. Commerce in general in the Dragon’s Lair was to become a fascinating venture. Read more »
Filly began to notice something everywhere she went.Â Scars!Â Everything in the Dragon’s Lair was sooo old…it was hard not to be confronted with the lines of age on everything.Â Evidence of the age of the Dragon’s Lair was everywhere, from the population to the buildings to the very foliage that was all around.Â The very thought of this awed filly for she came from a very young place and everything about where she came from was flooded with the idea of youth. Read more »
Once upon a time, when filly was very young back in Sunset Meadow, her parents had taken her to see the great Austrian Lipizzaners Dancing Horses.Â They were so majestic and beautiful and exuberantly expressed life through dancing. Read more »