One of my favorite quotes speaks of contentment but says it in a way only Garrison Keillor can.
"Some Luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have which once you have it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known."
Growing up I dreamed of being a cowgirl. I loved horses with all my little heart and would imagine myself galloping across open range on a spirited brown and white Mustang. If I felt more sophisticated, I envisioned myself show-jumping on a shiny black Hunter.
Unfortunately for my dream, we lived in the city and relocating, let alone affording a horse, wasn't an option. An occasional Sunday afternoon trip to the Hitching Post Stables for an hour-long ride was the closest I got to the real thing. I'm not complaining--those were special times.
Life continued on, as it does. I grew up and married my dear Rich. We raised two boys, Matt and James, and provided a place to call home to a wide variety of critters (mainly cats). Rich even treated me to two years of riding lessons on a sweet old Appaloosa named Speck.
We are now grandparents with a lifetime of experiences behind us. Some wonderful, some hard, many ordinary, but all good. It's impossible to share a life in a few paragraphs. Our faith; love for each other; children; grandchildren; family and friends; births and deaths; holidays; vacations...thousands of memories with more to come.
Yet, even after all these years, I still have a soft spot in my grown-up heart for the little cowgirl--she had big plans. But I'm smart enough to know that what I have is what I would have wanted had I known. I'm glad there wasn't a high demand for cowgirls back in the day. I would have missed the real life of my dreams.
Thank You, Lord!