I have a philosophy about life, and that is, “Life is a journey, not a race.” A friend of mine has a bumper sticker on her horse trailer that says, "Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride." I would rather go hiking, or better yet, EQUITREKKING, than race in a 5K or in the Kentucky Derby. I enjoy and appreciate the skill and commitment that all disciplines of horseback riding require. But when I’m in the saddle, I like to explore and just be with the horse, out in nature, away from the ruckus. Just sitting watching horses is enough for me.
I’m certain that the reason I love trail riding so much is because that’s the original relationship I had with horses as a young girl. My dad and I use to saddle up and go on long trail rides around our farm neighborhood in Iowa. My chestnut paint horse, Judge, was a good boy who took good care of me. I know this because I really didn’t know how to ride “correctly,” and he was young and really wanted to misbehave. He ran off with me a time or two, but I didn’t know I should have been scared, and just hung on and waited to see where he was taking me. So, you can see I had a relatively spontaneous and unstructured introduction to equestrian life. And I loved it.
Growing up on a small farm meant scads of animals, intentional and not. We had a giant lake-sized pond for fishing, and 17-and-one-quarter acres to play on. One of my favorite things was digging in the dirt; whether it was near the house, under a tree in the pasture or by the creek. My mom said I even ate dirt when I was little. My brother and I used to carve out roads for his Matchbox cars and find treasures like cool rocks, fossils or old coins. I heard stories of people who found Native American arrowheads, but I was never lucky enough to find one of those. We also sifted through the fresh limestone gravel along the sides of our farm road for fossils. Digging as a kid was the seed that sprouted my interest in archaeological excavations later in life.
Another layer of my life that will inevitably show up in my blog is that I have been in the business of education my entire life. My grandmother was a teacher and we played school (I was the teacher, of course). I was a kid in the public school system and babysat a lot of kids, I taught elementary and middle school as a regular classroom teacher and as a reading specialist, and I trained elementary teachers at Missouri State University. I have special certifications in reading and gifted education. I am also the mother of three girls. I have always had pets to train and take care of and wouldn’t be very happy without them. I’m always teaching and more importantly, always learning.
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Reposted from August 25th, 2011