Last weekend at our cousins wedding, Daniel had the opportunity to ride a horse. When I had arrived, I noticed the horses and the option to ride them, and my first thought was that Daniel would love it! But then, I started thinking, I’m not so sure… I could vaguely remember something having to do with Daniel and horses but nothing particular.
And I forgot about it.
Later in the evening, Daniel pointed out the horses and said he wanted to ride them. He did not say those particular words, he pointed at them and said “I like the horses, I like them so much.” So I asked if he wanted to ride them, and he said yes!
He eagerly approach the line, proudly signed his name on the release, and waited his turn. Our mother was standing there and mentioned to me on the side that he used to be terrified of horses. It started coming back to me. Our motherhood found a camp where they provided therapeutic riding, and Daniel was not interested (to say the least).
However, when it was Daniel’s turn, he didn’t miss a beat. He put on his helmet and approached the horse. He got on it with some assistance, and once he was on top he said “me, I am not scared! Me, I’m strong!”
Our nephew went with us and about halfway through the ride told Daniel how he could tell the horse he wanted to go faster (a nudge with his heel). Daniel said, “I like slow.”
The way he is giving us the thumbs up while he is getting ready to get on the bourse lets me know that he knows what we are thinking.
His statement “I like slow” told me that he knows what he likes.
His statements of “me?! I’m not scared” let me know that he remembered when he was, that he used to be.
Daniel uses the phrase “I’m strong” in contexts where “I’m brave” would make sense.
We think the phrase is “I’m brave” would be right, but maybe Daniel is the one who has it right. To say, “I’m strong” makes much more sense. His determination is stronger than his fear. He IS strong. Courage takes strength. Courage requires you to control your mind AND your body to do something different.
I was worried… that he would become scared and I would not know what to do, or be able to get him off the horse. I was worried 55 (the horse) would start running. He was strong. I’m so proud and if I say I’m inspired, it’s an understatement.
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