From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a horse,”
or,” that’s a lot of money for just a horse”.
They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the
costs involved for “just a horse.” Some of my proudest moments have come about
with “just a horse.”
Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a horse,” but I did
not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about
by “just a horse,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just
a horse” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it’s “just a horse,” then you will probably understand
phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”
“Just a horse” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust,
and pure unbridled joy.
“Just a horse” brings out the compassion and
patience that make me a better person. Because of “just a horse” I will
rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a horse” but an embodiment of
all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past,
and the pure joy of the moment.
“Just a horse” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away
from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a horse” but
the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a woman.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a horse” just smile, because
they “just” don’t understand.