Merry Christmas
Posted by Irina Yastrebova on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 04:50 PM
Especially around Christmas, a thoughtful short story like this invokes passion and hits home for many of us.
Just a Horse
From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a horse” or “that’s a lot of money for just a horse.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a horse.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a horse.” Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a horse,” but I did not feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a horse” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a horse” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it’s “just a horse” then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise” or “just a promise.” “Just a horse” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy. “Just a horse” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of “just a horse,” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a horse” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a horse” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a horse” but a living, breathing being that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a woman.” So the next time you hear the phrase “just a horse” just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”
—Author unknown
Merry Christmas, everyone!
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