Quote of the Day: “By “guts” I mean, grace under pressure.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
She arrived at Thermal with no expectations other than to do her very best. She had dreamed of this moment for over a year. She practiced and she prepared. Moments before she headed out for her first jumping round, she looked at me and smiled. It was a smile that spoke a thousand words.
I watched nervously. I was not nervous about the ride, because I knew she would put everything she had into it, and my trust of the pony never waivers. Nervous isn’t even the correct word to describe my emotions. The emotions were full of pride, respect and a knowing that it was time to let go. She did not need to hold my hand for this one.
When it was over, her face said it all. I think she felt a little like Rocky after he ran the steps in Philadelphia. The definition of poise is balance; stability; ease and dignity of manner; self-assurance; composure; the condition of being calm or serene. Today was share day at school and she wanted to share about her experience at Thermal. I asked her if she wanted to take her ribbons to show her classmates and she said, “no, Momma, I just want to tell my friends about how it felt to ride my pony in the desert”. It wasn’t about the awards, it was about the experience. The poise of this small child never ceases to amaze me.
The definition of poise, the transitive verb, is to be balanced or held in suspension; hover. This is what we get to look forward to in the years to come. The poise and grace which this lovely 16 year old exemplifies goes beyond measure.
Haley, thank you for being such a beautiful example of poise and grace! Good luck this week at Thermal!! I promise many photos next weekend.