|Deby Miranda, Los Angeles, CA|
It's the iconic American Childhood photograph: a kid, somewhere between three and twelve years old, seated on a generic pony. Sometimes frightened and cowering, sometimes living the fantasy with a yell or a waving hat, the children vary by age and ethnicity, but the theme is always the same: Wild West! Cowboys! (Injuns!)
I have two of these photographs. In one, I am sitting with a broad grin, but fairly sedate. That's the cover of Bad Indians. In the other, much faded, I have my left hand raised in a proud "V," giving the peace sign. This second picture makes me think that my father was the adult who put me up on that pony; he loved encouraging the Brown Power Fist or the Peace Sign. Or, perhaps he was already gone by then, and I was signaling to his absent spirit, far away in San Quentin. Either way, that second picture has my dad's flare for the radical flashing across my face.
Because the Peace Sign photo was too faded to work well on a book cover, I used the sedate version for Bad Indians. But you know which one is my favorite.
Do you have a Kid on Pony picture of yourself? Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll put it up here.
Two of my sisters have already started off the collection with their contributions!
|Louise J. Miranda Ramirez, Seaside CA|
|Patricia Miranda Maldonado, Seaside CA|
Send me YOUR kid on a pony moment!
|Tiara Ramirez, San Jose CA|
|Terry, Grand Rapids, MI|
|Susan, Columbus OH|
|Mickey, Seattle WA|
|Johnny and Jenny, Butte Montana|
|Timmy, Los Angeles CA|
|Katrina, Albuquerque NM|
|Joshua, Chicago IL|
|Margaret, Portland OR|
|Rosa, Tijuana Mexico|
|Chris, Kansas City MO|
|Rosie (Age 5) and German Gonzalez (Age 2), Photo: Recuerdo Del Parque Agua Azul, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, August 21, 1970.|
|Mira L. Love the photo of a photo that's happening here!|