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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 15, 2012

When my girls were young they came up with the idea that they “needed” a horse. They talked about it when we ate, they talked about it when we played, they talked about it when they were getting ready for bed. I am sure that if I could have robbed their dream bank, I have no doubt that horses were what they counted instead of sheep.

They gradually broke down every single line of defense in my mothering arsenal and we went to find the perfect horse. We ended up in a stable not too far from our house. I talked to the lady that owned the horse and she said that since we had never owned a horse before that she would sell it to us only after my girls had put in some “hours”. These hours consisted of mucking the stalls, grooming the horses along with feeding and bathing the horses. I was shocked. The more they scooped the more determined they were to get a horse. Their pride just oozed and their faces glowed. They worked harder and faster than I had ever seen them work and they were proud of their effort. We got the horse....

What does this have to do with bats at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve? No one needs or should ever want to own a bat, unless of course, it is on their property in a bat house. You still don’t really own them, but the feeling of pride makes you feel like you do. Nonetheless, back to horses. Pride was the factor in motivating my two daughters. Pride can be the factor that motivates one to volunteer at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve on the third Saturday in September and the third Saturday in October (weather permitting). Your pride and muscle are what we need to get the place cleared of all of the old brush that creates a fire hazard at the Preserve. This brush died from the heat and drought last year and it is covering the whole eight acres. We need some strong armed, hard working volunteers to help me get this cleared out. We also have tons of other projects that would be a great family project. I know by now that I have worn down your defenses and you are jumping up and down in anticipation, so call the bat hotline @325-347-5970 and let me know that I can count on you. Saddle up your pony or get in your favorite vehicle and use that horsepower to get you on out to help on September15th and October 20th. Thanks, and see ya at the cave!!

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