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  • A little online research, and I found a stable with drop in pony riding opportunities for small kids in the Stockholm area that was available today. We arrived to find ourselved in Pony Land, just above the rainbow and beneath the clouds. Little cute ponies everywhere.

    Before it was time to ride, we went to the cafeteria for snacks and coffee. In the hallway, where you take your shoes and jackets off, there was a note posted, with big red letters. Translated it read:

    ”Watch your expensive and valuable stuff!
    Things that have disappeared:
    - An expensive fur tassel hat
    - A knitted blue hat with silver heart
    - Expensive riding boots with steel caps”

    The note was illustrated with drawings of boots and a fur tassel hat, in the same red pen.

    As we sat there, a tall, skinny, tanned, blonde mom entered. She talked about different things with the lady in the cafeteria, and the subject of the fur tassel hat came up.

    – I’m going to send out a text message to everyone, the mom said.
    – Yes, you should do that, said the cafeteria lady.
    – Because it was at home all the time.
    – You found it? The hat was at home?
    – Yes. I thought I had looked everywhere. Even went home to check the car that day. But apparently she'd sneaked out of the car while I was packing and gone into the house, and taken the hat off, and then gone back to the car again. So it never occurred to me that it could be at home. I thought it must be either here or in the car.

    At this point, another skinny, tanned, blonde mom, less tall, entered the conversation. She had been working on some graphic design on her Macbook, but joined in:
    – So you found the hat? That’s great!
    – Yes, because it’s a very expensive hat.
    – My daughters riding boots with steel caps were lost here too.
    – That’s a shame.

    The cafeteria lady jumped in:
    – Could it be those riding boots, that we have here?
    She pointed to an area near the cafeteria counter.
    – Do they have steel caps?
    – Yes, they do. They were left behind.

    Less tall mom walked over to take a look.
    – Is this your daughters riding boots? The cafeteria lady displayed the boots.
    – Could be, she grunted, and then got back to her computer.

    Still no clues about the knitted blue hat with a silver heart, though.
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