One of the best parts of motherhood is watching my child find joy. Recently, Cate has found joy in horses. She likes to watch “My Little Pony” and “Dreamer.” She reads books that have horses on their covers. She writes about horses and draws pictures of horses. Her brother points out horses whenever we seem in a pasture along the road. We went to Keeneland this spring and gathered in front of the TV to watch the Derby.
To go along with her horse-themed birthday party, I scheduled a horse riding lesson with a friend from our church as her birthday present. I’m pretty sure that hour would rank among the greatest in her six years of living.
Pure joy, I tell you.
Thanks to Gran-Gran, she was dressed the part. Isn’t that belt buckle adorable?! And that hat is borrowed from our friend/instructor Emilie. Cate befriended Raj, a gentle 20-year-old Arabian and I didn’t spot a single nerve from my girl.
While Cate learned about riding a horse, Ben found sticks and swatted at trees. You know, boy things. And then he got a turn to join Cate on Raj. By the smile on his face, he got a taste of the joy Cate had been experiencing.
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