Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

Spirit 26

My Grandfather Horse had an emergency vet call this week. He’s okay now, but I’ll be even more particular in his feeding, which is already very particular. His legs are thick and tired, and his eyesight is bad. He’s an old 26 this year. The vet told me horses don’t get dementia, but I don’t believe it. So I tell my Grandfather Horse stories.


I remind him of his courage and his beauty, and how we persevered against the odds, again and again. We’ve both gone white with years of time: crisp morning rides, endless grooming sessions, and bareback cool downs. He gave me an ease of movement and a peace of mind, he gave me a place to be. I will forever tell him these stories, I will always return the favor.

Baby Spirit

Sometimes I remind him that there is a place so far in the past that we didn’t even know each other, but we can hardly remember that time.

Nostalgia: 1: the state of being homesick : homesickness. 2: a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period.

Anna Blake, Infinity Farm.

WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a photo- I enjoy twisting these macro prompts to share our micro life here on the Colorado prairie. My photos are taken with my phone. No psych, definitely not high-tech.

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16 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia”

  1. “Sometimes I remind him that there is a place so far in the past that we didn’t even know each other, but we can hardly remember that time.” What a beautiful and moving expression and story.

  2. I sometimes wish I was with Sony in his senior years… he was well cared for and loved, and had some good horse friends, but I was 3700 miles away…

  3. Beautiful…
    Getting older, horse or human, is heartbreaking and rewarding in equal measure. I too love what you said about “there was a time before we knew each other”. It’s something at which to marvel: how can that be?

  4. “he gave me a place to be” – love this & so true about all of them, especially the ones we have known for what seems to be forever (love that part too – “hard to remember the time we didn’t know each other”) – very best wishes to your grandfather horse . . .

  5. What a sweet gift, these stories collected wihin the larger story of The Two Of You. How can love be so enduring and fragile all at once? Kisses to you both.

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