Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I had a bad fall and then it, and a series of other falls and injuries left me confident-less riding a mare who requires a confident ride. And, it's been "entertaining" to go through the ups and downs of rehabbing a broken brain.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of Area 1's Eventing Season! It is the day I drop my first entry into the mailbox and dream the dream of the mad... And I mean - the madness of a bat-sh*t, crazy person! I have secretly begun to plan my move-up to training in the fall as often as I've retired my vest, skull cap and colors to be a full-time DQ. See? Crazy, bat-sh*t, crazy!
And this season the DWSB (Double Wide Short Bus), I say with a heavy heart, will have an empty space. The Bestest Eventing Buddy moved to new barn... far away. (Well, too far away for me to trailer-pool with her.) It will be the first time in 7 years that I will drop that entry into a mailbox alone.
Folks, if you have a Bestest Eventing Buddy, you know what a gift it is to share the wild weirdness of eventing. Will I laugh as hard at achieving another level of mediocrity? Will there be another coffee addict who understands the value of a well placed hotel near a Dunkin Donuts? Who will eat the strawberry glazed donut chased down with a medium iced hazelnut with cream and sugar? Is there someone out there who can keep the secrets of "Da Bus" secret? Will they make me laugh? And after we unpack the trailer and tuck the ponies in for the night, will that person eat inappropriate foods that live a lifetime in our bodies?
I'm sure there will be others and some as much fun but there will never be anyone like the Bestest Eventing Buddy - she was truly unique. For this, I say thank you! I will miss you! I know we'll still see each other, still share experiences and for that I will cherish.
Tomorrow, I will drop that entry into the mailbox wondering if it will be as much fun! Let the season begin!