We have a Monday ritual called grocery shopping. Sound fun? Don't you wish you could do something so great every Monday? To enliven the drudgery, I distribute two pennies to each of the kids before we leave the house. They have to carry the pennies in their pockets as a reminder for good behavior. Then, once the shopping is done, they get to use the pennies to ride "Sandy."
You see, this grocery store has a very old mechanical horse. A horse whose humble name is inscribed in curly faded letters on its base. A horse-colored horse (no pink manes and purple tails here). A horse adorned with a real saddle made of actual tooled leather. A horse complete with leather reins that are attached to a real metal bit in its molded mouth. A horse with fancy leather stirrups. A horse whose mechanics costs just one penny to set in motion. And so, for the bargain price of four cents--two rides each--I get an efficient shopping trip.
This past Monday, I took the camera with me to the store, thinking I'd capture the cuteness for posterity. However, in the Cheap Digital Camera vs. Moving Horse moments that ensued, this is what happened.
Charming lack of focus is so 1940s photography. And even though this very horse might have been featured in those photos, my version didn't quite cut it. So I played with the photo and came up with this.
Which might pass muster for an old photo except for the puffy down coat.
Fortunately, the fact that I had the camera with me at the grocery store--a camera complete with charged batteries--enabled me to capture this.
And this is why it's a good idea to take the camera to the grocery store.