Sunday, May 11, 2008

Angels in My Path

Three mornings a week on my run, I stop to visit a sweet elderly Stallion named Festin. The last time I visited, my friend did not look well. Whereas he often met me at the chain link fence, this day he could not so. It appeared that his entire body was glued in place, and every tiny movement of his legs seemed too difficult. I picked up some hay and tried to feed him. I could tell he wanted to acknowledge my gesture in his usual way, but that he could not. I worried about him and hoped he would be okay.

When I went running later in the week, an acquaintance told me she had not seen Festin in the field for the last few days. “I think he’s gone,” she said. “I saw him limping last week as if he were in pain. He didn’t look good.” A few minutes later, when I reached Festin’s home, the field was empty. He was nowhere to be found. As I looked toward the wooden fence where he liked to hang out, or up by his water trough, I realized that I probably would never see him again.

Today, I read an article in our local newspaper that Festin had been put down due to a chronic leg condition that was beyond treatment. For the last two years, I have been blessed with the gift of a great friendship with this wonderful soul. Festin attracted a local audience with his spirit and friendly personality. I know several will be saddened by his loss, including his owners. I am really going to miss him.

To end my week, several angels stepped into my path. First, I received a check that was not due for ten days. I was surprised, but at the same time elated. Payday is not until May 15, and I wondered how I would make it through with the high price of gas and all. The money came just in time.

That Friday evening, I was on my way to Don’s for the weekend. On Range avenue, my car started shaking like crazy. I knew I had a flat tire. The only place I could pull into was the cul-de-sac next to where Festin used to live. I called the towing company to change my tire and called my boyfriend to let him know I would be late. As I waited for help, I imagined Festin running happy and free through the field. I truly believe that his great spirit was watching over me.

The towing company never did come, but a young lady stopped and said her boyfriend could change my tire. Once completed (and after I profusely thanked them for their kindness), they suggested I take the back roads to a local tire center. I made it there just as they were getting ready to close down. Instead of turning me away, the staff stayed overtime to put a new tire on my car and to make sure the rest of my tires were okay. While I waited the forty-five minutes, I worked on the editing process of my novel.

Until next time- be sure to keep your eyes open so you don’t miss any angels that come into your path.

9 comments:

Brittany Butts said...

It made me very sad to here of the horse's passing. He sounded like a good friend. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Brittany

Susan Littlefield said...

Hi Brittany

Thank you so much! Yes, Festin was such a special soul...it's sometimes diffiuclt running past each morning and seeing his empty field.

Peg Spencer, MD said...

That story made me sad too. I'm sorry for your loss, truly.

Susan Littlefield said...

Hi Peg:

Thank you for your comment. I really miss that old horse, and it is difficult to run by the empty field. However, I have a story brewing that has not made it to paper yet, but I will get it there. I am on vacation this week and doing a whole lot of writing, so hopefully I will get it written ths week.

cindy said...

What an encouraging post, Susan. The beautiful picture of Festin and the lives he'd touched and also the few kindnesses you were blessed with this week leave me with a peaceful heart.

Thanks for sharing!

Peace,
Cindy.

Susan Littlefield said...

Thank you, Cindy. :)

Miss Mae said...

This was a touching tribute to a friend. Beautifully done...

Miss Mae

Susan Littlefield said...

Thank you, Miss Mae.

MysteryKnitter said...

It is sad that they had to put that horse down.

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