Three photos from over the years, all showing the same thing: child-like wonder.
In the photo with my pony, I’m 11 years old and she was 21.
🎄The Christmas present I wanted so desperately, and was the most unsure I would receive, was that English saddle. I had seen two horse events on TV, the Kentucky Derby and the Olympics. I needed that saddle.
When I pause, and think back to sitting on the floor with my brother, sizing up the presents under the tree, it doesn’t take long, and I find myself transported back to that moment. Hope, dreams, anticipation…nervousness…
I remember the swell of hope when I saw the box…
I can remember the wide-eyed wonder, and the smell of new leather when I opened it.
The photo was taken shortly afterward by a photographer who was driving through our town and saw us out riding in a snowy field.
I think the grin on my face is the same one I had when I opened the box.
When you look at the next photo, you probably see two minis, dressed up like reindeer. When I look at the photo, I can feel the fridge cold. I remember how much I enjoyed teaching them to drive, and I remember how much I laughed when teaching them to drive as a team.
😢But if I think a minute longer, tears begin to well up in my eyes because I also remember why I got them.
My seven-year-old stallion, Vaquero, died the year before, and I struggled to go to the barn. To see the empty stall. To feel any joy when I was in the barn.
A few months later, my son decided he wanted to train a mini. As I helped him search, I came across these two…and found myself laughing for the first time in a long time. I brought them home, and although I ‘trained’ them, the truth is they rescued me. Their antics made me laugh and rekindled my child – like wonder.✨
The final photo is a single experience.
❄️Snow, a sleigh, a kind pony, and the offer to go for a drive.
A moment in time.
✨Child like wonder is available at any age.
Sometimes it comes with great anticipation, sometimes it is tinged with sadness, and other times it is but a brief moment.
I shared three of my stories, and I’d love to hear your moments of child like wonder (at any age) and photos too, if you have them.
You can share them here in the comments, or over on Facebook under this same post.
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