Karen tells her mother about most of what happened on that momentous day, unaware that her Mama saw it all.
Scene 6: Kitten and Mama Discuss the Day Over Dinner
Karen’s face aglow, she washed her hands and then sat down with Mama at the table. During dinner, she excitedly described her walk to the merry-go-round and how she summoned the courage to get up onto the horse by asking for Joshua’s help. She had stood up for herself, prompted by his question about assisting her. As a result of her advocacy, he had responded in kind.
“How fantastic! I’m very proud of you!”
I can’t stop grinning, but I’m not going to let on that I saw the whole thing.
Karen told Mama how she held onto the horse’s reins without any assistance, how beautiful he was, and how kind and gentle the man had been as he helped her on and off the horse’s back.
“Oh, sweetheart, I am so very proud of you! I am very pleased with your achievements, today.”
I’m crying and I can’t stop. And now she’s jumped up from her chair and rushed all the way around the table to give me a hug. She doesn’t need a brace, anymore. She can jump up, like any normal child, and give her mother a hug.
“Thank you, Mama, thank you! That means a lot to me! You know, the horse I rode today was the most stunning of all, and would you believe his left hoof was hurt, too?”
“What do you mean, Kitten?”
“I don’t know how his hoof was wounded, but it was just like my left side, and he was the best horse of all! He’s a beautiful lavender color, Mama, with a rainbow-colored saddle, magenta reins, and blue eyes.”
“He sounds really handsome.”
And, I’m so glad.
©2021, Karen Lynn-Chlup. All rights reserved.