Last week on vacation, my family had a discussion about “happy places.” When you’re in the car for 13 hours, you have to get creative with conversation topics. So, we went around the vehicle and answered the questions, “Where is your happy place?”
Well, that’s easy for me. The barn. Any barn, really. Any barn with the smell of horses. It saddened me when my family members weren’t able to immediately answer that question. My mom took two days to finally answer, and her “happy place” was more figurative than literal and physical. I found that interesting, because having a real, physical “happy place” in which I can seek solace and refuge is so incredibly important for my sanity. I think we horse people don’t realize how good we have it–that we have a real-life “happy place” to flee to when we seek retreat.
I’d have to say that my second “happy place” would be the mountains. They don’t have to be Colorado mountains, but I know them best. They were my first “happy place,” after all, as a young girl–before I had ever hugged and loved a horse. Seeking solace in the mountains once a year is like coming home.
I need the fresh air. I need the tall trees. I need the rivers. I need the mountain showers.
And I’m going to try my hardest to instill this appreciation-this need-in my girls. They will be mountain women, dang it.
They will learn:
to love hiking in the woods,
to appreciate breath-taking vistas,to hug trees that deserve respect and awe,
and to spend quality time with their family no matter how old they are.
We had a great trip, and getting all my work done beforehand made it that much more relaxing. Being in the mountains is so peaceful- nothing can replace that scenery and weather. But, there’s also no comparison to coming home to Oklahoma. The endless horizon has it’s own unique beauty.
Mountain woman to prairie woman!
I had three new horses arrive while I was gone, and three more over the weekend. Still five to come in the coming weeks… yowza. Maybe I’m just a small-fry barn, but that’s overwhelming to me. That’s a lot of new ponies and boarders to meet, not to mention new details to add to our ever-growing barn routine! Nonetheless, I’m filled with hope and expectation for the fall!