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living into the dream

February 18, 2013

 emily dickinson had the right idea:


“hope is the thing with feathers,

that perches in the soul…”

i am a collector of feathers,

and they help keep the hopes in my soul aloft.

i believe in hopes,

and i believe in dreams.

acquiring hopes and dreams requires one to take action,

but does not require an absolute plan for accomplishing them.

i know this to be true.

when i was a kid, i wanted a horse more than anything.

i played ‘let’s make a deal’ with my parents for years,

promising everything i could think of.

it was exasperating at times,

but i never gave up.

then one day we went and bought a horse.

just like that.

first horse i looked at.

only horse i looked at.

best horse, ever.



best friend.



sunny was the joy of my life.

i’ve had horses off and on in the intervening years.

nice horses, good horses.

then there was a loooong spell without them,

about eighteen years.

i thought that maybe the horse dream had ended…

but it had not.

it had been gathering momentum.

within eighteen months sassy sisters went from the idea of sharing one horse,

to having three horses,

to adding a fourth,

then adding two more,

then buying a farm for them.

the dream does not end here.

the one horse that tugged my heart,

despite all odds,

will be joining us here.

my girl rose.


i get to practice waiting patiently for a bit yet,

but she’s coming.

and she’s coming because dreams. come. true.

because faith moves mountains.

because what we think and believe has power.

i’m living into this dream.

i went to the flea market on friday afternoon,

and the first booth we looked at had a bridle for her.

i knew it was hers, without question.


i’m not one who goes out buying tack–

in fact, i still have most of what i got at age fifteen.

but these?




they are for her.

so i went up to tell her yesterday,

and on the way we stopped at another flea market.

in keeping with the forward momentum,

i found this:



i had to tell rose.

even though she was already eating her dinner,

she was pretty interested.


so i looked her in the eye and told her the dream.

she gets it.


she’s going to wait patiently, too.

i hugged her good-bye and let her get back to her dinner.


in the meantime, there is plenty to be done with the horses already at home with us,

including two of rose’s foals.

while i’m waiting i’ll just keep rose’s new apparel hanging around in the studio,

inspiring me to live into the dream.



because dreams come true…


believe in them.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2013 11:13 pm

    yes: dreams really do come true!

    love your old photos, you and sunny.

    and, i cannot wait to see photos of rose at YOUR farm!!
    [you’ll have to add her birthday to next year’s calendar…. just sayin’….]


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      February 18, 2013 11:17 pm

      good point.
      i put her on the cover this year in a leap of faith.
      it felt right.
      it was right!
      p.s. it took me 24 hours to find the album with those photos, which had accidentally been stored in the garage. not any more!

  2. Janet Aitken permalink
    February 19, 2013 2:46 am

    Congratulations on the new addition. She’s a beauty. Love the bridle and the halter. Your story of “let’s make a deal” with your parents really hit home. I had the same dream of course. I tried some terrible tactics from age 3 to age 12. Dad thought I’d forget about it, but I never gave up. One of my more endearing qualities to this day. That single mindedness. Call it stubborn if you will. I simply grew increasingly set on the idea of a horse as the years passed. Finally, when I was 13 one magically appeared in the driveway. His name was Bandit. Green broke and surly as the girl who rode him. He wasn’t the best horse, but he was my horse and that’s all that mattered. I’ll have to show you pictures – when I meet Rose and the rest of the herd.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      February 19, 2013 4:04 am

      yes, indeed! when you come over it will be surly and sassy with all their equine friends! can’t wait– it will be so good to have you back where you belong!

  3. February 20, 2013 4:52 pm

    I know the feeling, but mine is about Golden Retrievers!!! I’m so happy that you have another horse to love!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      February 20, 2013 6:29 pm

      michelle!! yes, goldens are gorgeous, loving, and wonderful family companions. sadie was our golden when the girls were young. thanks for being here!

  4. February 27, 2013 10:17 pm

    This made me smile so much. I’m so glad you are living your dream. I’ve been stressing all day about the logistics of a potential move in our near future–it could be good for us, but it won’t be easy–and reading this really helped calm me down somehow.

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