Wisdom and Grace: Growing up in the saddle – Part 1


Last updated 6/5/2022 at 5:50pm

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Ila Whaley McClenahan on "Midge" and her cousin Agnes Whaley Engebritson on "Penny" a few years after the story written here.

To My Dear Grandchildren,

Most of the time when I share my childhood memories with you, your reaction is "That couldn't be true" or "So what, no big deal." You've been trained well not to say something like that out loud but I can sense it. So, I am writing this letter so that in 20, 30 or 40 years you just might like to know what your Grandma Ila's childhood really was like.

I grew up in the saddle. From a very early age until I got married, I helped my father herd and check cows. To begin with I rode Midge, our Shetland pony, and later Roxie and Rosie, our saddlehorses. Coincidentally,...

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