I know it's a little late, and all the Black Friday sales are over, but this is something that I really need. There's still time for an "e" gift certificate!
I want Izzy to be just like Speedy: patient himself, honest, a go with the flow fellow, but then I remember I've had Speedy nine years (December was his Gotcha month). It took us NINE YEARS to get here. Speedy is now 12. Izzy is only 8.
I keep asking my close friends just how long this is going to take. My friend, Jen, who, with the help of our trainer, Chemaine Hurtado, brought her home-bred Hanoverian to the International levels of dressage where they now compete successfully. It wasn't easy. She said it took her boy until he was 10 before he started acting like a real horse, and she's had him since the beginning. That's patience.
I know Izzy is making progress. When I doubt it, I read my Facebook reminder posts. While those are usually encouraging, sometimes I read a post that I could have written again today because we're stuck on the same issue.
For Christmas, I am asking for patience, and equally valuable, the positive attitude that I will need to embrace the wait, the suck, and those days that don't go as well as I want.
I am not sure that Santa has a lot of extra patience laying around that he's willing to part with, so I turned to yet another friend who is kind of an expert in these kinds of things. She gave me some things to read this Christmas weekend. Taking the time to do that is my Christmas gift to myself.
All I want for Christmas ...