Get away for fun-filled week at Henderson Ranch

Young people don’t have bucket lists because there’s just too much they want to do to put on a list.

Besides, young people are too busy with now to think much about tomorrows. They’ll also discover as they age, they could never imagine some of the stuff they’ll do without it ever ap-pearing on a list.

My bucket list is getting shorter, but it’s a good thing. I’m finding out, I cross off the been-there-done-that stuff faster than I’m adding more to do. Then there are those desires that gradually fade in time.

For example, I carried around a wish for 50 years that I’m “happily” crossing off my bucket list, not because I did it, but because now I don’t want to.

With just a little thought I got to the bottom of why it’s been such a perennial desire — advertising.

I’ve always wanted to spend a week at a dude ranch. I was 15 years old when I first read an advertisement in Sunset Maga-zine about a dude ranch in Colo-rado. It showed the rustic bunk house we’d sleep in, a corral of beautiful horses all saddled up and ready to ride, a long picnic table with a red-and-white checkered tablecloth laden with barbecued chicken and ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, corn bread, a crock of chili, homemade chocolate chip cookies, German Chocolate cake, lemonade and more.

A quiet lake to think by and fish in, friendly people to talk, laugh and work with. Work? Yes, we’d “get” to work on the ranch, too! Advertising made working sound fun.

I’ve always loved horses and the thought of riding every day was my dream. I haven’t ridden a horse in 30 years (Come to think of it, that’s around the last time I quit being able to do the splits.).

I still love the smell of horses, but I really have no desire to ride one any longer. I wonder if you can go to a dude ranch just to smell the horses and eat.

Anyway it got me to thinking about advertising agencies and what they could do to entice consumers to want to spend a week in a three-bedroom ranch rather than a dude ranch.

Get away for a fun-filled week at the Henderson Ranch (a three-bedroom ranch).

Sleep in a comfy bunk bed with your choice of Hello Kitty or Spiderman sleeping bags.

Feed the animals: Five Golden Labs, four crazy cats, three hamsters, two parakeets and a cockatiel in a white cage.

Join the happy Henderson children as they do their homework and take care of their daily chores and the best part is you get to help.

Meet Mrs. Henderson, your gracious hostess, and receive your weekly plan.

Discover you get to be part of The Great Closet Clean Out.

Take part in Mrs. Henderson’s Zumba class and go grocery shopping for the week’s planned menus.

Join in the merry car pool and meet all the Henderson children’s friends as you drop them off at school, ballet lessons, soccer games, Girl Scout meetings, choir practice and more.

Meet Mr. Henderson and enjoy a couple beers as you join him in his man cave and watch your favorite football games on their huge, new HD television.

Depending on the weather and the time of year, be prepared to shovel sidewalks, rake leaves or pick berries.

You’ll hate to see the week come to an end and when you return to your own home, you just might want to work up an ad like this to generate your own income and get some much needed help.

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