I have written all along about my farm and all its residents,
my gardens, as well as just plain daily life out here in the country.
i hate to displace ilona’s beautiful winter trees, but i need to
write about one of the downsides of country living and farm life.
it is mostly a quiet peaceful life, but rural roads seem to encourage
fast driving, and they are inherently dangerous.
a recent D.O.T. study here in georgia found the biggest
percentage of vehicle accidents and injuries occur
out on the lesser country roads. many people i know here have hit
a deer at least once in their lives. some were injured, some cars
wrecked and some just killed the deer. open country driving calls for
much more caution than an average urban road.
“poppy”-my beautiful dark horse, was killed thursday evening
by a speeding car. a dead tree had fallen onto the fence, and they
had gotten out. i almost had them both back home safe. the sheriff
and EMT’s had all their lights on to slow traffic, but apparently the
driver didnt notice. she was standing on side of the road with her
front feet just into the lane. the car was going so fast that the impact
broke her neck immediately. she did not suffer… for her sake, i am
so very grateful. i was holding my other horse, and it happened
right in front of us.
i’m so afraid i’ll never NOT see what i saw, ever again.
if this was a lesson, it is that life is ephemeral, circumstances can
change in an instant, and we need give our love every day to ALL
our dear ones…as much as we can, while we can.
i am very very sad today.