The Horse You Draw is the One You’ll Ride

Through the good and lean years and through all the in-between years…is a line from Frank Sinatra’s hit tune All the Way.  I looked through the archives of my posts and saw that my final post of 2012 was a blow-by-blow recap of that year in review for my life.  Not a bad post for one titled The In-Between Years but it seems like such a long time ago in a land far away from where I am today.  A year can fly past in a hurry and yet, the passage of time, regardless of our perception of its speed, never leaves us unchanged.

I rarely “mix” blogs, but I want to quote The Red Man’s opinion of 2013 in his final December, 2012 post.  He has such a way with words.

I’m not sure what my plans are for the New Year, but I don’t like the sound of 2013.   It’s an odd-numbered year, and I don’t accept odd-numbered years as authentic.  I would prefer to have all even-numbered years.  So we’d skip 2013 and go right on to 2014 and then 2016 and so on.   You get the picture.

Yes, Red Man, I do get the picture and you are a prophet in your own ‘Hood.  2013 was one of those lean years Frank Sinatra sang about.  To tell the truth, the bad so outweighed the good I won’t bother to review it.  The better news is it’s finally coming to a close and 2014 is just around the next Bowl Game.

I was talking to a cousin who called me on Christmas Day to wish me a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I appreciated the call and the visit we had.  The thousand miles that separated us couldn’t break the ties that bind us.

We were talking about the vicissitudes of life, as my daddy used to call them, and Gaylen who has spent over forty years hanging out with cowboys at rodeos told me one of their favorite quotes:  The horse you draw is the one you’ll ride. 

I like it.  No apologies.  No excuses.  No whining about why did I get this horse.  No wondering about whether this rodeo was one I should’ve signed up for.  No mulling over how I ever got to be a cowboy in the first place.  It’s now or it’s never – so you ride.

I have hope for 2014 along with The Red Man who loves even-numbered years and am optimistic that I will be a better person in the New Year.  I can’t control the rodeos around me, but I have been reminded I can still ride.

I hope the horses you draw in 2014 will be ones you’ll want to ride.

Teresa and I wish you all a Happy New Year from our family to yours!

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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8 Responses to The Horse You Draw is the One You’ll Ride

  1. Pingback: The Horse You Draw is the One You’ll Ride | I'll Call It Like I See It

  2. Beautifully said! 5-5, 5-5


  3. Wow – One Star equals Very Poor so evidently one reader feels I am daring to be inept. Oh, well.


  4. Sheila, you know me well enough to recall I have several email addresses for nefarious, er, personal reasons. 😉 Each one contains a signature line – a sign off for the season, a mini lesson, an observation, a wish. This morning, for one, I chose:

    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering, “it will be happier” …
    -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    It will be happier, better, or so we hope. The Red Man is a wise terrier, according to one Miss Poppy Seed, and his theory about odd/even years is the best I’ve ever heard. The Red Man is always right!

    Guess we’ll ride our horses into 2015 “come what may.”

    Ma and the Brat Pack wish you, Teresa, and the 3 Musketeers a very Happy, Healthy, Healing New Year!


    • Ann,
      I absolutely LOVE the Tennyson quote! Honestly, I am so glad you wrote that for me…I will come back to it and enjoy it many times.
      I do see hope smiling on the threshold of this new year and will cling to it!
      The Red Man is rarely wrong – that is both his endearing and annoying character. 🙂
      Casa de Canterbury has enjoyed your Annie and Ollie portraits very much during this holiday season – they have gotten rave reviews from family and friends who’ve visited!
      Bless you all.


  5. I’ll definitely be staying home this year for New Year. My wish for you and yours is that yall have a happy and healthy 2014. Love you both and your children too. By the by at your age you should stay off of any horses.


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