This afternoon I reined in The Pony to assist in the registration for his upcoming ACT test. He's in 10th grade now, and ready to dip his dainty hoof into the pool of higher education yardsticks. As a first-time test-taker, The Pony had to fill out an interest inventory comprised of 72 questions. Most of them I could have guessed. But since it IS all about The Pony, I handed him the mouse. "Fill this in. You have to tell if these are activities you would enjoy doing. The options are "Like," or "Indifferent," or "Dislike."
I watched as he galloped through them at a fast clip. Every now and then he would snort, "No!" Or bob his head and give a chuckle. Imagine my shock when he breezed right past a question silently, checking "Indifferent" without a second thought.
"That is so disturbing!"
"I saw that. Where you clicked "Indifferent." The Pony scrolled back up the list.
"Oh. THIS one? 'Help rescue someone in danger?' I was just being truthful."
The same thing happened on 'Help people during emergencies.' "Indifferent." Without pause. And on 'Repair damage to a tree after a storm,' he clicked "Dislike."
"I see how it is. You don't care about helping people in danger or during emergencies, but you REALLY don't want to help the environment."
"What? How am I going to fix a tree? I can't put it back in the ground."
I'm thinking that The Pony is just not a people person. Or a dendrophile.