Thursdays Are Special
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                  Sometimes he would come on Thursday and not even be able to get out of the car because of the seizures1. Still he came, week after week.

                  His caretakers said he knew when it was Thursday, even though he knew little else and could not communicate how he knew. He could see, but not speak, could not even sit up unassisted. Yet, he knew when it was his day to go ride. He was only ten, and he didn't live to his teens.

                  Nevertheless, his story, which includes horses and horsepeople who made him smile and gave him something to look forward to one day a week, must be told.

                  Many years have passed and many children have benefited from various therapeutic2 riding programs. But none touched me as much as this one boy. He required a steady horse, one with patience with his rider's inability to balance and an understanding of the boy's need to occasionally lay his face on the mane and just breathe in horse smells. We had several wonderful horses that filled the bill.

                  One volunteer would walk beside this youngster3 on the right and help hold him in the saddle, one would control the horse and another would walk on his left to steady him and be his instructor4 for the day. Any breakthroughs, no matter how small, were recognized and rewarded. A smile, an attempt to move a hand or leg in the right direction, even attention focused on the instructor or the horse were considered achievements.

                  One week, he was in very good spirits. This followed several weeks when he was either too ill to come or he had suffered seizures in the car and was forced to miss his lesson with the horses. But that day, he smiled. He seemed alert5 and willing.

                  We were stopped and waiting for another rider to be helped when my young student reached out and touched my hair. My hand was on his leg, so I knew he was steady, even though my eyes weren't on him. I looked around and knew he was trying to tell me something. The horse stood motionless, as if he knew his movement could distract6 or confuse his rider.
                  "What?" I asked. It was unusual for him to reach out and touch, to even control his hands enough to do so. He reached out again and stroked my hair, as he sometimes did to the horse's mane on good days.

                  I realized that my waist-length hair was back in a ponytail, and that he wanted it to hang down. Perhaps he wanted to see it, like the horse's tail in front of us, free and swinging. Or perhaps I had worn it down in other classes with him and it wasn't the same today. For whatever reason, I knew he wanted me to free that ponytail, so I did. He looked at me, managed to touch his hands together a couple of times in what he used as clapping, and he smiled at me.

                  Approval.

                  Our lesson continued and he seemed to have a better time that day than I could remember him having in any other class. He reached toward me and I put my head so he could touch my hair several times while we were walking along.

                  I didn't know as his attendant7 carried him back to the car that it would be the last time I saw him. He missed several weeks, then I went back to college. I found out months later that he died not too long after that.
                  But instead of mourning, I thought of him in heaven, running out to his favorite horse, not having to wait until Thursday or for his attendants8 to help him. He and his horse would gallop9 across clouds, with him laughing and the horse's tail streaming freely behind as the wind sang through their hair.

                  There is a heaven for horses and for little boys who know what day they ride, even when they don't know much else. I'm grateful for having seen that desire, and for understanding that God gave us horses and little boys and that they all aren't the same, nor should they be.



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                  1 seizures d68658a6ccfd246a0e750fdc12689d94     
                  n.起獲( seizure的名詞復數 );沒收;充公;起獲的贓物
                  參考例句:
                  • Seizures of illicit drugs have increased by 30% this year. 今年違禁藥品的扣押增長了30%。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
                  • Other causes of unconsciousness predisposing to aspiration lung abscess are convulsive seizures. 造成吸入性肺膿腫昏迷的其他原因,有驚厥發作。 來自辭典例句
                  2 therapeutic sI8zL     
                  adj.治療的,起治療作用的;對身心健康有益的
                  參考例句:
                  • Therapeutic measures were selected to fit the patient.選擇治療措施以適應病人的需要。
                  • When I was sad,music had a therapeutic effect.我悲傷的時候,音樂有治療效力。
                  3 youngster PffwQ     
                  n.兒童,少年,年輕人
                  參考例句:
                  • I rode the youngster on my back.我讓小孩騎在背上。
                  • That youngster works with a will.這小伙子干活有股傻勁兒。
                  4 instructor D6GxY     
                  n.指導者,教員,教練
                  參考例句:
                  • The college jumped him from instructor to full professor.大學突然把他從講師提升為正教授。
                  • The skiing instructor was a tall,sunburnt man.滑雪教練是一個高高個子曬得黑黑的男子。
                  5 alert KK8yV     
                  adj.機警的,活潑的,機靈的;vt.使...警覺
                  參考例句:
                  • Drivers must be on the alert for traffic signals.駕駛員必須密切注意交通信號。
                  • The rabbIt'seems to be very alert all its life.兔子似乎一生都小心翼翼,十分警覺。
                  6 distract ms9xo     
                  vt.分散注意力,轉移注意力,使分心
                  參考例句:
                  • Don't distract my attention.不要分散我的注意力。
                  • It was all a ploy to distract attention from his real aims.那純粹是障眼法,用以分散人們對他真正意圖的注意力。
                  7 attendant CNHz1     
                  n.隨從,跟班,出席者,服務員;adj.伴隨的,出席的,注意的,在場的
                  參考例句:
                  • She was interrupted by the entrance of an attendant.服務員進來,打斷了她的話。
                  • We met the officer attendant on the general.我們見到了隨從將軍的副官。
                  8 attendants 993ca34f9d1507c315d158138a19374b     
                  n.服務人員( attendant的名詞復數 );侍者;隨從;伴隨物
                  參考例句:
                  • Other flight attendants and passengers are believed to have fought. 我們相信其他服務人員及乘客也都進行了斗爭。 來自時文部分
                  • Psyche gave ear to the admonitions of her vocal attendants. 普緒喀聽從這些有聲無形的外人的意見。 來自辭典例句
                  9 gallop MQdzn     
                  v./n.(馬或騎馬等)飛奔;飛速發展
                  參考例句:
                  • They are coming at a gallop towards us.他們正朝著我們飛跑過來。
                  • The horse slowed to a walk after its long gallop.那匹馬跑了一大陣后慢下來緩步而行。
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