Swimming Through Dreams on Horseback Emily Bunker

ISBN: 9781466912342

Published: May 23rd 2012

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40 pages


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Swimming Through Dreams on Horseback  by  Emily Bunker

Swimming Through Dreams on Horseback by Emily Bunker
May 23rd 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 40 pages | ISBN: 9781466912342 | 10.59 Mb

My horse is outside waiting for me! I wonder how she can still be alive after all these years. But she is there, and she must be hungry, so I grab a carrot (with the greens still attached) and head toward the pasture. I call her name in the oldMoreMy horse is outside waiting for me! I wonder how she can still be alive after all these years.

But she is there, and she must be hungry, so I grab a carrot (with the greens still attached) and head toward the pasture. I call her name in the old familiar way, and she whinnies in recognition. When I find her, she chomps down the carrot and greens.

*Im actually breathing underwater! The cool water rushes by, keeping me safe as I glide along. I think about how strange it is to be able to breathe normally while swimming underwater. Im probably the only person on earth who can do this.*I had these dreams for decades. In both cases, there was eventually a new element that acknowledged the existence of the previous versions . . . before it was just a dream, but now its really happening.Some time ago I started an essay about my underwater dream.

I quickly realized that the dream was tied to my lifelong debilitating shyness: staying underwater indefinitely was a handy way to escape social interaction. Its a great dream, but I didnt want to write about the humiliation of being unable to make small talk or, for that matter, most kinds of talk. I preferred to forget all the times I put my foot in my mouth - besides, its embarrassing to admit to feeling so embarrassed.An essay about my horse was also put aside because I assumed I wouldnt remember enough details from forty years ago.

I often thought about my beautiful horse with a star on her forehead, and the dreams I had about her, but it didnt go much further than that.Then I saw the movie Secretariat and was inspired once again to write about the horse I had when I was a teenager. I wondered if my two recurring dreams might be connected . . . if I were able to breathe underwater, I could ride the wave longer and put off facing the rest of the world . . . and if only my horse were still with me, I wouldnt feel so alone when I did have to face it all. Were they two sides of the same coin? I decided they were.I was surprised to discover that the more I wrote about the past, the more I remembered, until finally the whole story unfolded.

Looking back at the horse factor in my childhood from a grownup perspective - especially inside the framework of the dreams - made me begin to understand myself. It was revealing as well to find out that theres one detail my psyche is keeping beyond my reach.This is the story of a girl who felt less alone because of her friendship with a horse.



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