Today is my birthday. Just another day, really. It is unusually cold and rainy for August in Michigan, with temps hovering in the 60s and 70s durring the day, and dropping in to the 50s at night. Fall might already be here. I don't actually mind the cooler weather much, because it is such great horse weather (selfish!).
I got an unexpected birthday gift on Sunday, in the form of an email from Abbey's birth mom, AR. Abbey was the first baby she ever bred and mothered, and so there was a definite special connection with her, with a very difficult decision to sell her years ago. I can't imagine how hard that would be.
AR shares my birthday, and was in town to celebrate with her hubby. She drove by the last place she knew Abbey to be, and when she didn't see her in the field, she cried. Her hubby understood how much she was hurting, and so went home and Googled Abbey's registered name... Voila! There was my little blog that I never thought would be read by another human.
AR reached out to me through a comment and asked me to get in touch. I was so nervous. Would she like me? Would she approve of how I am raising her baby? Is she crazy? Will she think I'm crazy? What if she wants to buy Abbey back? (I am a pathological worrywort). Realizing the courage it must have taken her to contact me, and liking to be a person that believes that everything happens for a reason in life, and that there are no coincidences, I emailed her back.
I'm so happy I did. AR is a sweet and kind horse lover, who I have yet to really get to know, but who expressed joy and happiness that Abbey has a home with me where she is loved. She confirmed what I have come to know, that Abbey has been an accident-prone little love bug since birth. She even offered to share stories about her and photos of when she was born. Pretty darn amazing.
I'm looking forward to getting to know AR a more and talk about the little horse that has touched our hearts so deeply. Life is funny, and good, and full of surprises, if you are only willing to take a chance and live it.