Time really does fly! My dad used to always tell me that the older you get, the faster time goes. I dismissed this idea in my 20’s, but as I got into my 30’s I felt time speeding up and now in my 40’s a year seems to hurry by at light speed. Those older and much wiser than I am tell me it will continue to go quicker, but I can hardly imagine it going faster than it does now although I am wise enough to know they are right.
Six days ago my beloved horse Bolshoi turned 33 years old and today is our 31 year anniversary. Where has the time gone?? It seems like yesterday that my mom and I looked into his stall at an auction and were immediately mesmerized by those big brown eyes and shy demeanor. Soon after Bolshoi and I were on the road every summer showing all across the northeast United States and Canada. Then we headed off to college together where I worked 3 jobs to keep him while still showing in the summers in a run down truck and trailer my grandmother loaned me the money to buy. We smiled at the big shiny rigs as we drove off with all our blue ribbons. It was a special time on the road, just he and I, and we were the best of friends.
Next, we were moving down to Florida where we took a break from showing and meandered the Florida coast trail riding on a large cattle farm and hunting preserve. Then we moved up to Georgia where we put down roots, bought ourselves a farm, and after a few years Bolshoi moved into his long, happy retirement.
Time is knocking on our door.
Recently Bolshoi has had some health issues. As I mentioned in my last post, he has had trouble getting up and a few weeks ago had stopped eating his grain and lost weight. The vet diagnosed his reluctance to eat as the result of a bad tooth and the fact that older horses are often picky eaters. The tooth seems to have fixed itself (or more likely fallen out) and we found a new senior feed that he seems to like. He is putting on weight again and we are hopeful the summer grass, which is easier for him to eat, will help as well.
Now every minute must be cherished.
My husband and I both lost our dads when they were way too young. With two of our sweet dogs and Bolshoi now well into their twilight years, I’m realizing more and more the truth to the statement that every minute you have with your loved ones (be they human or animal) must be cherished to the fullest. I think we hear this so often that we think “yeah, yeah” and get on with our busy lives. But we must be more mindful to appreciate and treasure this very short time we have with those we love.
So today, when the busy workday is over, go home and hug your pets (cat owners be careful with this one!), spend some time with family and friends, and let them know how much you love them. Tell them you love them every day. For one day, all too soon, you will have not time, but memories to cherish.