Did you ever find yourself driving down the road, minding your own business, maybe had the family along for a nice evening out, when you look up and see a 20-foot picture of your kid on the side of the road? Don't you just hate that?
Yeah, me too. Happened to me and my family on Friday night. See?
I was driving and almost left the road! Here's the story behind the billboard:
We volunteer with the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. Its a rescue and educational organization for horses, donkeys, etc. Every year we do a Horse Expo to promote the rescue and raise money for the horses. Last year the little guy in the picture was there. His name was Thunder. He'd been around for a while and the previous owner reported that he was broke to ride. Unfortunately, there wasn't anyone near his foster home that was small enough to test that claim out. Enter the Peanut up there ^^^^^...
Somewhere around 6:30 the next morning (it's never too early to ride), the Peanut hopped on little Thunder and the two of them went off and had a grand time.
A few months later the rescue was tossing around marketing ideas and someone looked into billboards. They put out the call for pictures of kids with their horses and we tossed some that were taken that morning into the mix. The next thing I knew, we got a message that everyone loved the pictures and they would use one. We all thought "what fun."
The thing is, the billboard was only supposed to show up in Arkansas. So when we were all driving out to the Expo Center for this year's Horse Expo and saw it right there on the side of the road by the Austin Airport...well, let's just say that steering was suddenly not in the forefront of my mind. Though it quickly made its way back there.
Of course, the next morning we had to stop and get a picture:
'Cause seriously, when you go to school on Monday and say "Hey, guess what! I'm on a billboard!" whose gonna believe you?