The carriage of childhood
A few days ago, after reading a novel "White Horse", I suddenly remembered my childhood scene of sitting on a horse-drawn carriage and walking on a rural dirt road. The sound of a horseshoe, like the sound of a clear spring in the mountains, is crisp and sweet, and it gently taps the strings in my heart. Years and years, the carriage gently carried the memories of my childhood and slowly drove in those long years, and my thoughts were immersed in those happy days ...
Nowadays, carriages are rarely seen on street roads. However, in the countryside in the 1960s and 1970s, horse-drawn carriages were the main means of transportation and an indispensable helper for crop farmers.
It is usually a horse-drawn car, a car with a handlebar type, and the handlebar type hand takes a long whip, and it often flicks, so it is also called "whip whip". "Whip whip" is a command to let the horse know the intention of the handlebar style, when to walk slowly, when to run fast, when it meets the ditch, when the whip sounds, the horse comes out as soon as possible.
The handlebar type is both physical and technical work, and not everyone can do it. It must be undertaken by a man with rich experience in driving, and the whip is in hand. It is also a symbol of power. Because in the life at that time, every family in the countryside couldn't do without a horse-drawn carriage: in the spring, the farmer's fertilizer was sent to the field; in the summer, the horse-drawn carriage had to go out to run a sideline job, pull sand and gravel, and earn "extra fast" for the production team; Pumpkins, winter melons, and corn in the bumper field; especially in the winter when the farmer pulls coal, the role of the handlebar type is not to be underestimated. When you are happy, put the coal more evenly, you can install more coal than others. This pair of handlebars is just a piece of cake, but it is of great benefit to a family. Therefore, at this time, the handlebar style is the most cattle, please eat the endless, drink the endless wine, no less than car drivers
The handlebar type not only needs to be good in technology, but also good at communicating with the horse. In addition to the whip, there are special languages: if the horse wants to advance or accelerate, call "drive!" To stop the horse, and shout "call-" to The horse retreated and shouted "whistle". Turn right and call "oh". Turn left, and shout a few times, "Call, call." Just like the current traffic rules, every handlebar type is understood, but the shout is different.
Every handlebar type understands emotional investment. In the evening, he takes a tired horse to the river to pour water, soak water, and wash his hair. After taking a bath, the horse sneezes happily, shakes its mane, and then comfortably drinks the water from the handlebar. When feeding the horse, the handlebar type also observes the forage in the manger, listens to the sound of the horse eating grass for a while, gently strokes the horse's nose, strokes the mane of the horse, pats the horse back, and talks to it, just like talking to your friends.
As the saying goes, horses do n’t eat night grasses and are not fat, and they have to go to the trough every day at night. Before leaving the car in the morning, the handlebar type still has to carefully observe the condition of the horse. The horseshoe is worn and broken, so that it ca n’t work hard. Hoof, hang a new palm. Good horse-passing humanity, after eating and drinking, the horses are all furry and shiny, with golden brass bells, when pulling the cart to work, they bang and run happily.
When I was a boy, on the way to school, when I saw a carriage coming, I always tried to climb up from behind and sit for a while. Encountered a popular, enthusiastic handlebar style, asked where to go, waved his hand, trot a few steps to follow tightly, jump lightly, climbed into the back of the car and can sit comfortably for a while.
With the passage of time, the once majestic horse-drawn carriage has been far away from people's sight. Occasionally, horse-drawn carriages for tourists can be seen in tourist scenic areas. The carriage drifts away, and it can only become people's memory, but it carries the heavy livelihood and livelihood of that era. Nowadays, cars, cars and agricultural vehicles have entered the homes of civilians. People travel by car, narrowing the spatial distance of the world. Myths and legends that have traveled thousands of miles a day have become reality without the need for a legendary horse.