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Stubborn as a Donkey

It was on this vacation my two little men had two wishes on their list one was to zip line and the other was to snorkel with the fish. It was when we came across a boat trip to the secluded beach Las Caletas that it would be the perfect excursion for the whole family.

In the early morning we hopped on a boat  sailing off into the deep blue only to be  greeted by two shy whales  and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the Los Arcos as birds flew over our heads. The destination itself was a private getaway full of white sand, crystal blue water, and activities for everyone. 

The first thing our children wanted to do  was the zip-line adventure!  On this mini-adventure they climb rope walls and zip at high speeds through the canopy.

However, what we did not know is that we would be pulling our children up a steep hill by donkey.

My Son Called, “Mom! Come pull-me!”

It was with this my oldest hopped on the donkey and I began to slowly pull him up the steep hill.

It was only halfway up the hill when my donkey decided to take a break. He gave me a look that said “I dare you to try to pull me!”

I never back down from a dare especially a donkey so it was with that I pulled, I stomped, and negotiated for the donkey to move. He dug his feet into  the ground and huffed “Not  likely!”

I was more determined than ever to get him moving as the back log of parents were stopped by my donkey leading the path, my son laughed, “He sure is stubborn.”

“Yes he is!”

It is with that one of our guides gave the donkey a pat on the butt and whispered in his ear. She gave him a knowing smile and he gave her a wink! He then gave me a satisfied smile of letting me know it wasn’t my charm that made him move along the way.

After we watched the kids zip and whoop through the tree line heading back to the beach for a snorkel. My oldest turned to me and said “Mom it looks like you meet your match!  I think you are just as stubborn as that donkey!”

It was with that I sighed,  put on my snorkel gear, and headed for the  water.  I snorkeled admiring the angel fish, watching the sting ray below me, that I reflected on my brief time with the donkey. I learned that sometimes to get someone moving it takes more than pulling, commanding, and stomping.  It takes creativity, charm, and the ability to whisper sweet nothings into an ear in order  to motivate a donkey!

Have you ever been referred to as stubborn as a donkey? What did you do to earn the title?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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  1. I have had a stubborn streak since I was a small child. My parents would say that I was either stubborn or too independent depending on the situation. I am still that way as an adult. I had a lot of responsible placed on me at 14 and felt like a grownup by the time I was 16.

  2. Very funny! I can just see you trying to get that donkey to move! Maybe the lady whispered to the donkey “Don’t be such an ass,” and then he decided to break the stereotype? 😉 Nah, I doubt it. She probably told him she had a treat waiting for him at the top of the hill!

      1. I love how you responded to the next couple bloggers with advice about bribing with treats. That made me laugh. Thank you for sharing my wisdom with the world. It is not often that I say something worth repeating, ha ha! 😀

  3. Charming story and I took a little mini-vacation with you. Living near the coast most of my life, I still haven’t seen a whale and feel deprived. One day…

    As for the stubborn question– I’m sure I can be stubborn at times, but my husband’s side of the family is legendary for their stubbornness. My little streak of donkey is tiny in comparison!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you were able to join me on my vacation 😉 I think you should do a whale tour! It is well worth the trip and the views…

      My husband is quite stubborn too! I wonder have you ever tried bribing him with a treat?

  4. If this were an exam, one question might be, ‘Give an example of how you would apply this knowledge in your life at home.’ 😉

    Sounds like you all had fun!

  5. Sweet read, especially the conclusion! Most of the things I did before I became a contract negotiator got me called stubborn as a donkey, or more colorful (foul) variants. Now that I’ve had a few years negotiating contracts, I’ve learned to back down occasionally. And very strategically. 😉

  6. I’d like to think I’m the less stubborn one in our union. But according to hubby I sure can dig my heels in. 🙂 But I still think he’s the more stubborn one. Hope you enjoyed the snorkeling. I myself prefer the pool… I get freaked out when little fish swim around me!!!

  7. I am the mother of 5 and there was a lot of stubborness, especially when they ganged up on me.
    If there was one thing I would love to do it would be snorkleing, but my allergy to shellfish keeps me away from the ocean sigh.

  8. Oh, yes, I have been called stuborn. But, I can’t help it.. I come from a long line of stuborn people. My dad was the most stuborn man ever, and my mom still holds the tittle. However, if the subject ever came up, both would swear they didn’t have a stuborn bone in their body…. my mom still denys it… I at least admit my stuborness, and own it, so that has to be an improvement, right?

  9. Very true Belle. pulling and pushing and command hardly works – It may work up to a point and with some people.
    But charm works almost all the time.
    the sad part is, we humans tend to lose our charm when the grind gets tough 🙂

  10. The kids are all grown and gone now. My oldest is 28 and the youngest just turned 20. I am not sure how I made it thru but I did it.
    I love your blog because I can see that you thrive thru your children. I have three grandchildren who are at the center of my world.

  11. Stubborn as a donkey? That’s me. My mantra is “don’t push me.” Your donkey was saying “don’t pull me!”. My husband needs to learn how to whisper in my ear like your guide saying just the right thing. Ha ha.

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