O.K. FAIR WARNING - This is a true story, a real heartbreaker... and an
inspiration. Keep tissues handy if you watch.
THE OTHER DAY I opened my mailbox and discovered a cream colored
envelope from The Dean and Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine. Baffled, I wheeled back up in Black Beauty,
set myself in the big, blue stuffed chair overlooking Elliott Bay and the
Olympic Mountains, and just stared at it. Who do I know there? Did someone
make a mistake sending this to me? So, I stared at it because the envelope was
Then I opened it.
Inside was a card with deep blue edges, a prominent seal on top, and the following
New Bolton Center
book written that I could find as as child;
took riding lessons & competed in a horse show or two...
was to sit atop my very own racehorse and run proud, run free:
And how many will benefit from it.
Because, having told no one, I fell, too.
So, this was personal. As every one of
you feel personal.
And so exactly, perfectly touching my Heart,
the way Squirrel does from his portrait on the wall,
the way every eCard, email, phone message, get well card,
every prayer, and every star wrap me up and tell me
to keep on fighting, that I am not alone even though
...it just feels that way a lot.
Because I am afraid to share.
Whether it's temporary and treatable
experiencing temporary partial to full paralysis events.
Not just falling.
nerve conduction thingy) and more new, fun stuff.
"Secret Agent" POI & I have entered
You MOD who made this completely unexpected, generous gift -
thoughts of love,
that they now enjoy warmth, coziness, fun, soft homes of their own here.
... all my near and dear ones
determination to win...
of those who cannot but whinny, stamp their feet with glee,
ask for an apple or lump of sugar...
They not only lived, they forgave, survived, thrived,