As I let out the horses to graze today, I marveled at how excited they were. All of them… no matter what age or what breed… As I stood by the opened gate and beckoned them, they all ran towards me like the barn was on fire – but in a good way.
I swear, out they trumpeted through the gates, thundering towards the lawn. Some were bucking and kicking in their own particular twisty equine contortionist way, others were hollering and snaking their necks as if I had done them wrong to have locked them inside their huge pasture for the last 24 hours. Others just trotted past me in an excited B-line towards their favorite spots, humming and murmuring like they do when food is coming.
And then I thought… why don’t we act like that whenever we feel happy?
Why don’t we rejoice when we get to go outside or have a meal or see our friends?
When was the last time we ran outside with our arms up over our heads, screaming, like we did in the schoolyard at recess?
WHEN DID WE LOSE OUR SNORTINESS?
As I watched them, I tried to remember when I lost my snortiness… and was it decided? Did I tell myself that I was too old to be snorty? Or did my snorty get sucked out of me by becoming an ‘adult’?
Just as I was pondering how my snorty departed, I watched Mama Tess snake her neck at me.
MT: “Little Human, come over here and give me some food.”
Me: “I’m coming… however, at this moment, I’m pondering just exactly when I lost my snortiness.”
MT (snaking her neck at me in frustration): “Little Human, you didn’t lose it, you just decided not to listen to it. If I could walk better, I’d come over there and kick your little human patootey for forgetting how wild you are. You poor Humans of this continent have been over domesticated! We all pity you, a little bit. Now hurry on up here and get me some of that powdery stuff and a bit of that gloppy stuff.
Me: “Over Domesticated”?
MT (diving into her beet pulp and slurring her words): Yeth. Over Domesthticated. Dulled. You Humans need to remember that you are animals, too!
And it occurred to me that we humans don’t just need to rewild the dead parts of our planet, we need to rewild ourselves.
I may not run outside with my arms over my head and scream when I’m let out of the house… (unless Ed McMahon is standing there with a huge check) but I will look a bit longer at the sky, muse a bit broader about my surroundings, and listen a lot harder to what Mother Nature is saying.
I want my snorty back.
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