Pain. It comes and goes. But this is the pain that never goes away. It keeps coming back to me. It was when my parents divorced. I loved them both. I never saw it coming. Was it my fault? If not, why did this happen? Well, I was satisfied when it came straight from the horse's mouth. Literally. Well, more like straight from the horse's friendship.
I remember when my mom told me about their divorce. I froze at that very instant. But I couldn't hold it. I started crying and clinging to my mom. But soon, she said that it was time to say good-bye for a while to dad. I nodded and went downstairs to find dad waiting for me. I ran up to him and said, "How often am I going to be able to see you?"
"You will come over for the weekends. Is that okay?" Dad told me. "Yes, that'll be alright." I simply replied.
It was Thursday,and I would leave for his house tomorrow. I would stay from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. I didn't know that my dad was moving to a place with horses. This would change everything.
I packed up and was ready to go to Dad's when mom said to me, "You know, Sage, your dad lives on a farm right now."
"Really?! Are there any horses?!"I asked.
"I don't know. You'll have to wait and see." Mom said with a smile. Now I was really excited. I hopped into the car and was ready to go. Once Mom put my bags in the car,w e drove off. I looked out and saw farms all over. We were almost there, I could just feel it!
We soon pulled into the long driveway which led to Dad's house. Then I saw the horses. I could not wait to ride them. But I didn't know that they would be such a big part of my life at the moment. I was just focused on riding them and seeing Dad. I got out of the car and saw my dad standing at the door. He walked over to help me with my bags. Then I said good-bye to mom and she drove away. I didn't know that this would be the first step to my recovery. It hurt deep down to think about it, so I kept my eye on the horses.
"So.. Dad. I saw that you have horses.. right?" I asked after mom left.
"Yes I do! Would you like to see them?" Dad replied.
"Of course! Can I ride them too?!" I said excitedly.
"Yup, but only after you get your stuff into your room." Dad explained. I nodded as we started walking towards the house.
After I threw my bags down onto the bed in the room I was staying in, I slipped on my riding boots and ran out the door. Then Dad stopped me and said, "Wait! I'm going to ride too!"
I smiled and said, "Great!"
After Dad got ready, we both ran out to the barn.
"Ooh! Can I ride her?!" I said and pointed to a beautiful Palomino Arabian.
"Yes you may! She is one of the sweetest horses here." Dad said.
I smiled as I walked over to her. "What's her name?" I asked.
"Her name is Misty." Dad answered. Then I felt it. I wished Mom was here and going to ride with us. I just stopped. Then I remembered that I wasn't going to be able to ride with her and dad together. I held my tears and went over to Misty who had a thoughtful look on her face.
"I have a feeling that you and I will do great together." I said softly to her.
I tacked her up and mounted onto her. She listened to everything I said and did. "Do you want to go on a trail ride, Sage?" Dad soon asked.
"Sure! I haven't been on one in a while." I replied. Misty is an amazing horse! She is my best friend. Soon, the trail ride was over.
"That was fun!" I said as I dismounted. Dad nodded. Then he went inside. I stayed out with Misty. It's like Misty knew how I felt and cheered me up every time! Then it was time to go inside. I said good-bye to Misty then ran inside because it had just started to rain. I washed up and soon, it was time for dinner.
After dinner was over, I talked with Dad for a while. "Dad, I wish I could OWN Misty. She is such a good horse! She has been helping me so much this first day." I said to Dad.
"Sage, here's something I thought about. You love horses, right?"
"YES!" I almost yelled.
Dad smiled and went on, "I was thinking, would you like to own a horse here? You will have to care of her yourself every time you come over, but any other day, I will take care of your horse for you. How about that?"
I was shocked. Then I said, "Yes! So I can own any horse here I want?!" I looked at him and he nodded. "Then I'll take Misty!" I said excitedly. I ran over to Dad and gave him a hug.
I looked outside and saw that it had stopped raining. So I ran out to the stable and saw MY horse, Misty. "Misty! Guess what? I'm your new owner!" I said. She nickered in return.
I gave her a hug and just sat with her for a while until it was almost time for bed. I went inside and got my pajamas on and brushed my teeth.
Then Dad came up to my room and said, "You have a half hour before you go to sleep. So you can do what you want, just don't be loud."
I looked around and said, "Okay Dad, goodnight."
"Goodnight." Dad said while walking out the door and closing it.
"What should I do..." I said to myself. "I know!" Then I went and got some paper out of the desk drawer, a pencil and an eraser. Then started to draw a picture of Misty. She was an Arabian so I made sure that she looked right. I was just about finished...
"Sage, it's time to go to bed now." Dad said and peeked into my room. He looked at my paper and said, "What's that?"
"It's a picture of Misty. I'm not finished yet but that's what I've got so far." I said while showing him my picture.
"Wow! That's really good Sage! I didn't know that you could draw horses so good! It looks so real!" Dad said amazed at my work.
"Thanks," is the only word that came out of me.
"Well, goodnight." Dad said as he handed me the paper.
"Goodnight, Dad." I said as I placed the paper in the desk drawer.
Dad closed the door and I climbed into bed. I soon fell asleep with thoughts of Misty going through my head.
Part 4 coming soon!