Finn was jumping for joy when we told him he would be returning to Georgia to see his friends. It had been a long time since he had visited the horses that lived around our backyard. So he put on his nightshirt, packed a few toys and went right to bed.
It would be a 14 hour drive to get to Georgia. So when the family stayed in hotels along the way Finn slept in his tent at night. Before leaving Finn jumped on a chair to get another of his favourite toys to sleep with him on the trip.
As soon as we arrived, Finn jumped out of the car and ran to the backyard to see if his friends were waiting for him. He was surprised to see a couple of new horses and one old friend.
The first weekend in Georgia was crazy. It seemed as though the house was coming down for a minute when the thunder struck overhead and rocked the house till the windows rattled.
Finn's eyes got huge and he looked around to see what was going on. The skies got very dark. Suddenly the rain broke loose and it poured buckets for days. It rained so hard Finn thought he might need a boat to visit his friends. Apparently there were tornadoes all over Georgia. He knew he was lucky that the winds hadn't blown his house away. Finn stayed inside with the family and watched movies and played 'go fetch' with his frisbee.
But in a few days the ground dried. The flowers opened up again and they seemed brighter than ever. Finn couldn't wait to check things out. He went for a walk and came across two horses he had never seen before at a neighbouring ranch. They came over to the fence to visit but Finn was a little hesitant. That's a good thing when meeting new animals he had been told. Finn wanted to make sure these new giant animals were friendly before he got too close.
Jean Horst is a mom and grammy living along the sandy shores of Lake Huron in the summer. The rest of the time, when I'm not travelling to get new ideas for children's books, I live in Waterloo, Ontario Canada. I love writing kids books. My reward is seeing the smiles on the faces of children.