The Healing Horse, Ch. 9, Scene 02: Bagels on Broadway

Mama always plans ahead, and she always has a plan for whatever happens. In this scene, she reassures Karen that she already has a plan so that the little girl can visit her magical horse every day of the week.

Scene 02: Bagels on Broadway

After creeping through the downtown Santa Monica traffic, Mama stopped at their favorite bagel shop, and Karen confronted a new fear.

As Mama turned off the motor, Kitten blurted out, “Mama, I’m worried that I won’t get to see Pegasus, every day. The ranch is so far from home. Are you going to be able to drive me back and forth every day after school? And what about weekends? Can I spend all day Saturday and Sunday with Pegasus? Will that be too much for you?”

To her surprise, Mama replied with a smile and said, “I’ve already planned for that, my Krana Layala, and I think it will be fine. Instead of you riding the bus home from school, I can pick you up and take you to visit Pegasus. We won’t be able to stay for a long time, but we can definitely do it and still get you home for dinner, homework, and a good night’s sleep. On the weekends, you can spend all the time you want with him. I can drop you off and go about my day, then pick you up in time to go home for dinner. You’ll miss out on your bus ride home, but you can always visit with your bus friends in the morning. How does that sound to you?”

“Mama, I should’ve known you would think of something.”

“Like I always say, you have to plan ahead, sweetheart. If you think things through, you can usually find a way to get what you want. Now, lets get some lunch and then get Pegasus to his new home.”

In the shop, Mama bought them each a bagel with a schmear of cream cheese to eat at home. Karen insisted on a honey wheat bagel for Pegasus, too.

“But no cream cheese,” she told the bagel man.

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