Friday, July 20, 2007

I Miss My Baby Already!

I said a tearful goodbye to my daughter Caitlin this morning because she is on her way to a ranch in Colorado that is in some wild country. I gave all the last minute motherly instructions..."don't get eaten or mauled by a bear, don't get attacked and drug off by a mountain lion, and don't get bit by a rattlesnake"! I'm willing to bet most moms don't say that to their children when they are getting on a plane.

My baby(she's 14) is off on the adventure of a lifetime to learn how to train horses, as well as learning sales and marketing of them and matching animals to potential buyers. She might even learn how to rope cattle. Her Uncle Tim is of the philosophy "Why chase cans(barrel racing), when you can chase down a cow running full speed whilst on a running horse and rope that cow while everything is in motion". Hmmm, and here I was worried about lions, snakes, and bears!

It's true that she wants to go into an occupation that is hazardous, but she has the heart and drive for it and a natural ability to do it well. Horses are her passion and always have been ever since I gave her a set of plastic horses for Christmas when she was about 7 years old. I had no idea at the time what I started or where it would lead to.

There aren't too many female horse trainers in the equine industry but it's not unheard of and I'm happy knowing that she will be learning from one of the best horse whisperers the world has to offer. Her Uncle Tim is the real deal and she couldn't get a better mentor anywhere for this way of life. It is a huge possibility that Caitlin will live in Colorado with her Aunt and Uncle through her high school years and not be returning home. This saddens me greatly to think about, but opportunity is knocking and people don't get amazing opportunities very often in life. I can't hold her back because I'm fearful of her getting hurt or because I'll miss her. I need to let her go on this journey and am excited about the possibilities for her future.

I'm sure she will have many stories to tell and I look forward to hearing them all. I went out and got her a cell phone yesterday so I can talk to her as much as I want. I can't wait to hear of her first impressions of the ranch, her cousins, and of all the fabulous horses she will be constantly around. In fact she is getting her very own horse to train from the ground up. The horse has no name yet, but it's a pretty two year old palomino filly that's never been ridden. I know Caitlin is going to do well with this animal...inside of my girl is a real horse whisperer waiting to emerge.

The filly Caitlin will be training. I can't wait to find out what Caitlin names her and I can't wait to get lots of pictures of Caitlin working with her! Sorry the pic is so small, but there will be others...

8 comments:

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Glad Caitlyn is going to have the opportunity to pursue her dream early. :)

Ginny said...

Yeah me too. This is going to be wonderful for her in so many ways...

Oh and the filly? Well I thought it was only going to be Caitlin's horse while she is at the ranch, but my sister just told me that once Caitlin has trained the horse, it will be hers to keep for good. Caitlin is going to freak when she hears that! :)

Fiery Ewok said...

That is such an exciting and amazing opportunity for her. WOW!!!! And how hard is it for mommy to sit back and watch a chick leave the nest earlier than anticipated?

The bittersweetness of motherhood.

Ginny said...

And how hard is it for mommy to sit back and watch a chick leave the nest earlier than anticipated?

Extremely hard...I spent the first half of the day wiping away tears. I know there is a chance she will decide not to live there because she and I are very bonded and she could end up missing me too much...we'll see.

In any case, Caitlin is a very bright kid who is beyond her years and I'm really proud of her!

trina corina said...

I'm so glad mine are still little! You're sending yours off in the world, my friend in NM has a son who is a senior who has pre-enlisted and will go off in the military as soon as he graduates. I cannot even imagine letting them go! REALLY glad I've got awhile! Sounds like such an amazing thing for Caitlin though!

Joe said...

It speaks highly of you that you're allowing this to occur. This may very well be her calling in life and to not stand in the way of it reflects well upon you.

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Lucky Girl, I wish her and you all the best.

Ginny said...

Thank you all for your kind words. I'll be posting an update tomorrow with new pics!!!