Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Other Mother's Day Gift
I think my children were trying to come up with the most unique and wonderful gifts they could find this year in 2010. My son, Ryan, calls me Mother's Day morning, he is at work doing Sunday overtime. My son is a very hard worker, he graduated from a vocational school as a welder and has worked with the same company since '87. Not many people are so lucky today. His job has changed over the years and he has moved into more specialized work. When offered a chance to work overtime, he takes it.
Pretty soon Ryan and his family come calling. The girls excitedly carry in beautiful cards and a pot of pretty snapdragons. They are beaming ear to ear. "Guess what Grandma, guess what we came to do?" Who could possibly guess, weren't the flower and cards enough? "We came to brush all the horses for you," they say.
All three of my horses are in their twenties now. Bones, my horse, is twenty-nine, the oldest. For the last couple of years he has had a difficult time shedding his long hair. Our mini, Chance, has the same problem.
They look like sheep they are so matted looking. Knipper is the only one that sheds naturally, his mane is thick and long and are in dread locks every spring. I hate admitting that grooming my horses in not on the top of my priority list these days. Twenty years ago the horses were brushed and ridden at least three times a week, almost year round. Interesting how life changes your priority lists.