Harv has lost his sleek summer hair, and his teddy bear body is back. The winter coat makes his white hair all of the more prominent. I snapped this shot during one of our marathon grazing sessions.
I've been thinking a lot about aging. Harv is old in body, but his eyes are bright and he retains his thoroughbred nervous system. As to the rest of us?
My dad is in failing health physically, and my mom has some dementia. Bob is confronting the limitations of a bad knee, making him cantankerous and frustrated. Me? Well, I feel stiffer when I ride, it's harder to exercise without repercussions, and -- I have a crepey neck. The students I work with at the university look at me, and speak to me with the distance and respect due to an older person. Gads.
Those of you who have not crossed this threshold, prepare yourself. It's quite a line to cross.