I had an early morning photo shoot at Peace Ranch last week. I got there early, as I typically do for a shoot, to just breathe in the place before my client arrived. After eyeballing the spots we would go for various shots, I decided to pay Fiona a visit.
Something about her draws me close. I’ve attempted to photograph her rescue journey, being there the day she arrived, capturing the dance between she and Jackie as she learned to trust again, and now documenting her sudden alteration into complete blindness.
On that morning, I stood on the other side of her fence, near the water. She came closer…and went purposefully for a drink. I think that was new for her to be able to do alone, in the last 24 hours. I was excited for her! She drank, and drank…and allowed me to scratch her head. When she was done, her head remained low and I scratched behind her ear, and she leaned into it, seemingly enjoying herself and wanting more. I smiled aloud at the beauty of the moment, the trust she had in me and the gift of touch and connection.
Here are my thoughts about her that parallel our lives…
- She is living with two equine caregivers, with full sight, and is dependent on them to give her comfort, alert her to danger, and show her where the food and water is. Fiona is like the child, when children’s caregivers are calm, they sense no danger and are therefore calm. This calmness allows them to be themselves, explore, learn and grow. When human caregivers are on high alert, it immediately transfers to the children. Actually, all the moods of human caregivers transfer to children, or are felt by them. Our kids depend on us to teach them everything about life. What a tremendous responsibility.
- Stressful and life-changing things happen. We have two choices: we could fight it, hope to make the immovable obstacle go away, or we can learn to live with it and continue to allow our spirit to shine.
- When a child suddenly needs more care than the others, or perhaps they were born needing a different kind of care, we need to adapt. Quite simply, it is the job of the parents to do this. First there may be some learning involved, talking to other parents in similar situations, or experts in the field. Then there must be implementation of newly learned strategies. And there always needs to be support.
- Relationships are crucial. Without them, navigating the curves and bumps in life slowly becomes unbearable and may even be impossible.
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