Sixteen years later…

Today, my friend from high school, Marc, & his wife, Sherri, and daughter, Haley, came for a visit.  Sixteen years ago, Marc rode Squall on a few occasions.  Today, his daughter had her first horseback ride on the same Ms. Squall.

Haley riding Squall. Haley is petting her withers. She liked how soft she was.

I just thought it was neat.

Nathaniel and I have also shared the same experience, but it’s a little different… I own the mare.

Nathaniel on Squall

Squall & Mary- back in the day. (Ignore the terrible position- I never was an Eq rider. Although I did win my Equitation division on Equitation Day at Maryland State Fair one year- totally shocked me... lol... )

I just hope that maybe in sixteen more years Nathaniel will take interest in a certain red bike…

John's beloved Trek

And that one day…. this rider…

Nathaniel on his bike.

Will look much more like this rider…

John finishing 100 mile Philly LiveStrong Challenge, August 2008

I’d love for Nathaniel to share my love of horses and his father’s love of cycling.  But in reality, Nathaniel will have to forge his own paths and find his own interests.  I’ll try to do everything I can to foster his desires, help guide when he needs it, always support him, and follow him down his paths.  I think that’s what good parents do.  John would expect no less.

About Mary K. Smith

I was widowed in July 2009, when I lost my beloved husband, John, to melanoma. Cancer SUCKS. We have a young son who was just a year old when his father died. I live on a small farm in Maryland which is home to horses, cats, and a dog. I started this blog as a way for me to heal, a way to remember my husband, and eventually I'd like to share it with our son so he can see the love that his father had for him, the love that we had for each other, what a great person his father was, and how hard his father fought to live.
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