I'm feeling a wee bit empty of cheer. You see, one week ago today we lost a very dear and precious member of our family. She had lived a long, adventurous and much-loved life, but still. I find it so hard to say good-bye to someone who's meant the world to me. She came to us when she was a young gal of 7. I'll never forget my first impression of this bright-eyed, wild-haired, skinny little Appaloosa mare my husband had gifted me with. My first thought was, "this is not the horse I would have picked". Just goes to show you what I know...or don't know.
She turned out to be the absolute best horse in the world. I can truthfully say that in our entire nearly 28 years together, the only thing I ever remember her doing wrong was stepping on my toe. Once. She had a feisty, sassy side which I always found endearing. Opinionated? Absolutely. Spirited? You bet. Smart? Too smart for her own good, or for my good. But their wasn't a mean bone in her body and she was the most sensible and trustworthy, fun horse I've ever ridden. Truly. She was a precious gift and one of my most beloved blessings in my life. I was so blessed to have loved her!
I cannot think of her now without tears streaming down my cheeks, but also with warm memories forcing me to smile through those tears. Kadie did not know a bad day. Not to my knowledge anyway. She lived a good life. A full life. I will miss her so very much.
If I had one single wish today, it would be to have the chance to do it all over again. Oh, what a wish...
Rest in peace my beautiful girl. I will love you always and forever...and I will not forget.
Thank you for always taking such good care of me, and for getting us home when I got us lost.
May 25, 1984 - December 7, 2016