Counting Days

Their excitement is palpable. It flashes in their eyes. It is heard in their voices. It is in their smiles.

prepping for finals: Deborah studying to the end

With graduation days away, my daughters have been asked what they plan to do next. More school? More riding? We, the parents, have been asked too about their future plans. Our response has been whatever the girls want to do, we’ll be comfortable with their choice. The girls, too, have replied with little specificity.

They do have career ideas away from the show ring. One of the side lessons from Trish and Mark is to have those plans ready, have the education to support those plans, and have the determination to carry them through. “If there is a career-ending, riding injury to either you or your horse, you need that plan. If your talent has plateaued, you need that plan. Most of all, do what you love.” It is not much different from riding.

the meditative Elizabeth: unwinding after a Grand Prix win in SoCal (Jun 2016)

They do have plans in which they will continue with their horses. They have made the forever commitment, and will honor their word to the fullest. They are horsewomen in every sense.

The degrees they have earned – Deborah and Tara in Biology, Elizabeth in Chemistry – will take them far, whether into their chosen fields or into allied disciplines. Or, maybe something completely different.

in the laboratory: Tara, performing an enzyme experiment, for her biochem lab course (Feb 2017)

Deborah, Elizabeth and Tara, they will be whatever they want to be in every sense too.


6 thoughts on “Counting Days

  1. It’s all about learning to learn, and taking on any challenge. It’s knowing how to make things happen. Lovely photos.

    • Thank you, Tim. It is about stepping outside of the comfort zone and doing the harder things that challenges. We’ve taught that everyday.

  2. Your girls are delightful and from what I’ve read, level headed and kind. I’m parent-biased here, but a lot of the credit goes to mom and dad for guiding them through the roller coaster ride called life. Congratulations and warm wishes to you and your family.

    • Thank you, Elisa. We worked to make sure they had good values and to live those values everyday, along with a little advice here and there. You and your husband both know being a parent these days is infinitely harder than when we grew up with the distractions and such. It is do your best, lay down the law occasionally, and love them a whole bunch, they’ll turn out fine.

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