But one afternoon during my first (and last semester) of business college, I tried to ride Lenny and found that I couldn’t do it. I was petrified. The fear had very little to do with him. He was a big baby who wouldn’t throw anyone. But the idea of being up on his huge back and me possibly falling scared the hell out of me. After walking around on him for just a minute or so, I realized I didn’t have the guts to push him into a faster gait.
When I slid down off his back that afternoon, I realized that something inside me had changed. The carefree girl that I had been was gone. Maybe forever. And instead of fighting it, getting back up on that old draft horse and making him gallop faster than ever before, I pulled the bride and saddle off him and trudged back up to the barn with a different attitude.
Responsibility had reared its ugly head and I began to throw myself into the routine workings of the Inn. At least I had the guts to handle that. Cleaning toilets, doing laundry, changing sheets, dusting, taking reservations over the phone, greeting guests, and pouring coffee. That became my lot in life. I never tried to ride Lenny again.
This fear that Sarah has about riding is actually a personal experience of mine. I absolutely love horses and used to have no fear of being in the saddle. As I got older and became a Mom, I rode less and less often. One day, I hope I’ll be able to move past my fear of falling. I’m going to push Sarah to move past her own fears as well.
I am a stay-at-home Mom with two growing boys, an overworked husband and a very devoted Jack Russell terrier named Shelby. I grew up in small city called Mishawaka, Indiana and the majority of my family live in the Indianapolis area. I now live with my wonderful boys, my husband and sort-of-annoying dog in Little Elm, Texas. The Vampire's Warden is the first book I have ever put up for sale.
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