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Small Cowboys and Reflections of the Heart. A Short Story, 3,237 words. $.99
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Most of us have had our share of "special days"—days that begin like any other ordinary day but end up being one that later seems quite remarkable when we look back on it. This is the story of one of the author's special days, a day that sparked the memory of another special day in her youth when she did something on the spur of the moment that was so adventurous and so against her calm and practical nature that she was astonished to find she'd actually survived the experience unscathed.
Later, on the special day around which this story revolves, the author has occasion to look back nostalgically on that adventurous time in her youth and see the significance of it. "Most of the special days of our life turn out to be once-in-a-lifetime experiences that gave us something we'll never get again," she says. "And for that reason, those special days need to be remembered and perhaps shared with others as a reminder that life is short, and we need to remember and savor every precious moment of every special day we've been given."
What Readers are Saying . . ."Heart Warming," "A Sweet Read," "A Kinder, Gentler Time . . ."
"Thank you for taking me back to a place and time, filled with unconditional love that had escaped me for years. I identified with the major characters in your story, as I too, have had a 'wild horse ride' as well as been the little boy, too shy to hug his relatives. I thank you for warming my heart with your words, allowing me to feel again that forgotten love and remembering one more time, how shy I was as a kid and how patient my loved ones were with me." ~ Joe H. Bell, Author of Of Shadows and Footprints
"Your story is WONDERFUL!!! I was THERE with you in that attic, hurting when your hugs were rebuffed, and finally, tears welled in my eyes at that precious impromptu hug and 3 little words. BEAUTIFUL! Words—and making them flow so the reader is instantly transported along with you—:is in your blood, literally, with both your parents being such readers." ~ Rita Werner, Rita Kay Originals
"Once I began to read, I couldn't stop. It was like an ice cream cone that melts if you don't finish it, and equally delicious. Thanks for the break, the sweet story, and the image of you flying through the air on the back side of a horse." ~ Dodie Eisenhauer, Village Designs
"What a charming story of a connection made with a little boy whose Auntie generously gave her cowgirl hat new life. Kids instinctively KNOW who cares. That ride and jump should have been captured on film!" ~ Sylvia Hourihane
"You did it! You made me cry. Thank you for sharing your memories of a 'special day.'" ~ Sarah Sowa
"I enjoyed so much reading about your experiences as memories. Thanks for
prompting me to remember a sweet memory of my own. One day when my granddaughter
was just three, we were walking down the road and she bent over to pick a
dandelion, exclaiming, 'This is a wunnaful day!' That memory only took seconds
to create and years to think about. Now isn't that 'wunnaful'?" ~ Norma Rudoff,