A few days ago I had a voice mail from Sandy, a retired teacher and volunteer extraordinaire. She said something about a horse looking for a new herd—that it was free from disease and well mannered. Hmm…..
Then, yesterday I got home and this bag was on my porch.
I brought it in and found this Dala horse and a letter inside. It read, “Dear Karen, I am so happy you are going to let me join your herd!
“I came to the United States in 1971 on a big airplane (I think) locked in Mi Britt’s suitcase. For a few days there were lots of parties and welcomes for the person who brought me. I thought this was the way I would live forever. But, I was wrong and soon was given to a lady in a big building.
“I was put on a shelf and there were lots of young people who came in and out. Many of them picked me up and that felt so nice. And, they exclaimed how pretty I was and wondered about my ancestry. I lived there for many years and mostly was quite happy. Sometimes there were pretty long periods of time when no one much was around. I think they were called vacations. But, even then sometimes, the lady I was given to would come in and once in awhile she even picked me up and talked to me.
“Then, one day, for no reason that I knew I was put in a box with some of the friends I had made while sitting on the shelf for all those years. We were all confused because we didn’t do anything wrong so why were we being locked up? At first we were in the box in a warm place so it wasn’t too bad.
“Later we were put in another place that was kind of cold and we were really scared so we huddled together and tried to be content be we weren’t successful. We had heard of a fellow who just went to sleep for many many years so that is what we tried to do.
“Just a few days ago the lady came and opened our box and we were so relieved to see light. She picked us up and talked to us again and that felt really good. Now, she has told me that I get to live with another very nice lady who has a whole herd of my kind and I am very excited! Thank you so much or letting me come live with you and my new herd.
“Your new friend.”
And so it has come to pass. Here’s the new member of the herd making the acquaintance of some of “his kind.”
He found a comfortable place among his new friends.
I think he’ll be very happy here. Thank you, Sandy!