Friday, December 29, 2006

New Beginnings

My horse Rhodes Point now belongs to someone else. He is legally someone else's property. This is not as morose as you might think. He's got it pretty good, in a home-for-life setting, but with the added benefit of a right of first refusal should he need to be sold. (If that happens, we will have to hold an auction/fund-raising campaign so that I can buy him back!)

Leasing him in August was a good move on my part. Firstly, he has not been purchased by his lessee, so he was good for her in that he pressed her to make a decision on her future (and in my own opinion, she has made a wise choice!).

Secondly, it gave me time to get used to not having him around, and understanding that he would and could still be well attended, as well as enjoy being an athlete in a top-notch training setting.

I am in the process of writing an essay that he has inspired, and will eventually share it, but for now I think song lyrics are best descriptive of how Rhodes came into my life, and how I will never forget him.

"I'll Remember"
-- Madonna (of course!)

Say good-bye to not knowing when
The truth in my whole life began
Say good-bye to not knowing how to cry
You taught me that

And I'll remember the strength that you gave me
Now that I'm standing on my own
I'll remember the way that you saved me
I'll remember

Inside I was a child
That could not mend a broken wing
Outside I looked for a way
To teach my heart to sing

And I'll remember the love that you gave me
Now that I'm standing on my own
I'll remember the way that you changed me
I'll remember

I learned to let go
of the illusion that we can possess
I learned to let go
I travel in stillness
And I'll remember
happiness
I'll remember

And I'll remember the love that you gave me
Now that I'm standing on my own
I'll remember the way that you changed me
I'll remember

No I've never been afraid to cry
AND I finally have a reason why
I'll remember
No I've never been afraid to cry
And I finally have a reason why
I'll remember
No I've never been afraid to cry
And I finally have a reason why
I'll remember

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