I've been telling myself that it's not a big deal. Age is just a number, and deep down, I am still the same horse-loving, little girl I've always been.
But yeah, I'm old.
I'm not the only one. Two of my best hobby friends will also turn fifty next year, and when I attend a model horse show, I see more "old" faces than young.
|Old and young faces from my 2018 shows|
Except for when we act like crabby old women.
On Friday morning, Breyer released a photo of a bay Bristol to their Instagram account.
The hobby lost its mind.
"Ooh, what is that? I hope it's a regular run. I love it. I need it!"
Later that day, that same Bristol was featured in a video by a YouTuber named GoldieBlox.
Like most of the hobby, I clicked on the link and watched it. I saw a cute girl in a well produced video doing her thing. She made a zoetrope, a ribbon pillow and a stablemate bowl. I really liked the stablemate bowl. The bay/bae Bristol was in clear view for much of the video, but no purchase information was given.
Once again, the hobby lost its mind, but this time it got ugly.
"Ew, who is that girl? I hate her voice. I hate her hair. That's eleven minutes of my life I will never get back. Why would Breyer do this to us? It's so unfair."
I was appalled.
I get that people are excited about the new model. They want the details and they want to know them now. The video didn't do anything to further that cause, but still... Do we have to be so hateful?
This girl was doing her own thing on her own platform. She has more than half a million subscribers, and it's clear that she knows her audience. Breyer is undoubtedly trying to tap into that audience, and you know, I hope it works. This hobby could use an influx of young blood. We should support our youngsters, even if they'd rather melt their stablemates into a bowl than plop them down on a show table.
There's no denying that we're all getting old, but we don't need to be a hobby of crabby old woman.
P.S. For my fiftieth birthday, I want a bay Bristol bowl.
|Bay Bristol bowl created by Heather Malone|