S: Shaleko and Cherokee
FC: Shaleko and Cherokee By Bobbi Jane Ray
2: A special Thanks goes to my daughter Tanya for all of the help editing and to Julie Sanchez for your help with pictures.
3: Shaleko and Cherokee by Bobbi Jane Ray 2011
5: with all my love to mom and dad Thanks for the memories
6: MaryJane, Anna and Denna sat on the front porch steps waiting patiently for Pa to drive up the long driveway of their ranch. Pa had bought a race horse that was not able to race any longer. As he told the girls about the horse, they became very excited and even more so, when Pa told them that she was going to have a colt. When they saw Pa driving up the drive MaryJane hollered out to Ma, "Pa's coming Pa's coming!" Ma stepped out the door, raising her hand up to shade the sun as she watched the truck coming up. "Now girls, remember what your Pa and I said about getting in the way."
7: "Shaleko is probably very tired from her long ride and needs time to get adjusted to her new home. So, just wait until your Pa says it's okay to get around her, just be careful" Ma reminded.
8: Once Shaleko was ready, we took turns going to her corral and giving her carrots and apples. Pa said, "It's a good way to make friends with her and build her confidence in us."
10: One day we were walking through the corral , and noticed Shaleko lying on the ground and moving acting in a distressed manner. MJ went running just as fast as her legs carry her yelling " Ma Ma " Shaleko is sick- she's lying on the ground and seems to be in pain." Ma looks over at MJ, "Where's your sisters"? They stayed with Shaleko, MJ replied "Now MJ, you get on your bike and ride out to the orchard and get your Pa. I"ll get Doc Brown on the phone.
11: MJ rode out to the orchard to get her Pa. "Pa Pa" Yelled MJ as she came closer to the old flat-bed truck her Pa used to carry the baskets of apples to market. "Now MJ, slow down child , I can't understand you" | "What's the matter"? Pa, it's "Shaleko", she's sick- Ma's calling the Doc". "Alright let's get your bike up on the truck and head out to the corral, pa said
12: PA had to laugh out loud - by the time they got out to the corral Anna and Denna had Shaleko all set up a bright pink blanket and a fluffy pillow. Boy, what a sight that was. A cloud of dust rose up as we saw Doc's car coming up the drive. as Doc was getting out of the car, Anna and Denna went running to him grabbing his hand: "hurry Doc, she awfully sick"as they are pulling him along. "Now girls, you're doing a good job helping "Shaleko" but now since Doc's here, he can take over- go in the house and help Ma out". Ma reached out to the girl's hands and said " let's go make some lemonade, it's going to take a while.
13: MaryJane looked up at Pa, "agh," do I have to? I really want to help : Shaleko ". Pa could'nt resist the look on her face. "okay,MaryJane, ask Doc Brown how you can help"? "well now MaryJane , you sit here , rub her neck and talk to her". Doc replied- MJ smiled at doc and did as she was told. trying her very best to make Shaleko comfortable. As time later "Shaleko started to give birth, MaryJane kept reassuring Shaleko," it's ok honey, your going to be alright, Soon you'll have a baby colt". MaryJane looked at Pa and with a puzzled look asked pa," is the baby gonna be a boy or a girl"? We'll just have to wait and see", as Pa shrugged his shoulder.
14: And with that, the colt was born. "oh Shaleko", you did a good job- she or he is beautiful"! Doc confirmed that the baby colt was a girl.! "She's beautiful and spotted just like you" MaryJan exclaimed, giving "shaleko" a hug. "Shaleko" looked at MayJane with tears in her eyes. One would think she knew every word that was spoken to her. " Now MaryJane , let her up so she can meet her baby:, Doc said. Shaleko stood and moved over to meet her little one.
15: She licked the baby clean, just then Ma and the girls came out with a pitcher of lemonade. Excited to see the new addtion to the family. everyone chimed in " Shaleko" she's beautiful"!!
16: Anna asked Pa, "what's her name"MaryJane said, "silly girl" we got to find a name for her- she wasn't born with one". Just then Denna popped out with the name "Cherokee", just like the name of Pa's "jeep". Everyone laughed "shaleko shook her head up and down in agreement. Then, Pa and Ma looked at each other and said, "Cherokee" it is"!
17: And so; "Shaleko, Cherokee MaryJane Anna and Denna" lived very happy together.
19: The most beautiful days to remember are those that can be treasured. Follow your dreams and allow nothing to stand in your way. I can do all things through Jesus CHRIST who gives me strength. Phil 4:13
27: Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
28: Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence
36: Nature gives to every season, a beauty all its own. - Charles Dickens
39: Fall is here!