Thoughts instantly went to “how do we as parents cram a whole life time for Tara, into the short time period we were granted with diagnosis?” To think that with this call I could get for Tara her wish of all wishes was more amazing than I can ever put to words. Once I gathered the strength to return their call, I knew what the wish would be, but wasn’t sure if we were reaching for stars.
Tara’s wish of all wishes was to have her own horse! After a warm, compassionate call and conversation, the MAW was going to get back to us regarding such a dream. That maybe took all of a day, and voila, Tara was going to get a horse!
A horse is a huge undertaking as far as wishes go and family commitments, but we had the first problem solved, we already lived in the country and had room to have a horse. Next steps were a corral and a lean-too and feed and tack and stuff and things. The list seemed to grow and worry set in that maybe we were reaching for stars and could not bring this to a reality for our girl.
Ha, put that thought aside for you don’t know our friends! Under the direction of two of the best, Heather and Paula…it grew into an amazing reality. These friends worked with the MAW, the lumber yards, a group of our amazing friends and started to put this wish into motion. With Gail at the MAW finding us a trustworthy steed and our friends at the helm of building the new homestead…plans came together like you wouldn’t believe!
On that warm September long weekend (2002), in came the crew! Twenty to thirty or so friends and neighbours, too many to mention (and fear I would miss one if I listed them) lumber, tools, gates, water troughs, barbeques, you name it, showed up in our yard early that Saturday morning.
As it happens, I had Tara out ice skating with friends that morning and we were trying too keep the wish a secret til the corral was done. That’s alota building we had to keep quiet…and her brother Josh didn’t even let it slip!
So upon return home from the rink I did my very best to keep her at the front of the yard with comments of “Oh, Dad & Josh were just building a fence, no biggy.” That seemed to work for an hour or so as we busied ourselves in the gardens and such, but one eye off of Tara and she was gone! Full speed, around the house wanting to see what was going on… never wanting to be left out and well, just plain nosey!
So with me in chase of my little monkey, my gawd, you should have seen those big beautiful brown eyes pop out of her head when she rounded the back corner of the house. A corral is a corral and there was no hiding it now… for a little girl with only one wish, she knew exactly what it was!