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While I was working on a project that had me perusing some of my old photos from the last decade, I developed a yearning for the good ol’ days of about 4 years ago. (That’s the time period I was viewing when the nostalgia hit.) It has me missing our horses anew.

That was back before we added doors to the hay shed. I don’t miss the years of sun-bleached hay reserves. Of course, I don’t miss needing to put up a winter’s worth of hay anymore, either.

Our lives and focus of attention in 2015 seem so far removed now, yet at the same time, pretty recent compared to all the years even farther back in our history. I suppose I’m experiencing something of a near-term nostalgia.

I can’t help but think it might also be related to wanting to be back in a time when US politics weren’t a worldwide embarrassment.

I was so much younger then, four years ago. Delilah was, too. In that series of pictures I was reviewing, there were many where I was putting dog and horses in particularly close proximities, hoping to develop a safe and friendly bond between them. They never became close pals, but the horses offered a gracious acceptance of Delilah’s tendencies to nip at their heals or bark vociferously around feeding time if the horses got rambunctious.

Then, there are pictures of me throwing discs for Delilah to chase off-leash in the fields. That was B.C. (Before Chickens). Unfortunately, we can no longer trust the dog to spend any time off-leash, as she has no impulse control over her urge to follow her carnivorous canine instincts.

Ahh, those were the days, four years ago. Remembering those times feels like wrapping myself in a snuggly blanket on a cold day.

I’ve learned a lot in the years since, though (and Delilah, too, I think), so as 2019 closes in on its final weeks, I’m feeling good with our lives. I just need to remind myself to avoid the constant barrage of horrendous news and put my energy toward sowing seeds of love to all.

That will become a memory I would like to look back on in a few years to remember fondly.



Written by johnwhays

December 5, 2019 at 7:00 am

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  1. Yes, no one can take away the good times. And let them inspire and raise our spirits to shed light on the future. Even, and especially, when things don’t seem to go the way we expected, there is no doubting that we are blessed and priviledged to be a part of this amazing thing we call life if not, in reality, enduring love – the strange force that has gotten us here despite everything and persists. Linda K talked of cathedral thinking, but this is just one thread in the fabric of life. It is in all creatures great and small and especially in those moments when we step back and wonder, how is any of this possible at all! And how on earth are we a part of it! And we are – we are a significant part of it, each in his/her own way.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    December 5, 2019 at 10:43 am

    • I am happy to report that our horses continue to inspire me with wonder of what is possible!


      December 5, 2019 at 10:58 am

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