Danielle and Jonathan grew up together, they grew up with
a dream of someday owning a horse farm . Danielle looks back to when
she was a little girl.
Johnathan was always there for her. She remembered
one day when she was having such a problem getting on her horse Majik.
Her Father was no where around and she wanted to ride so bad.
Jonathan came running to help her, "here" he said, "put
your foot in my hands and I'll help you."
Jonathan said, "how are you going to ride without a
saddle?" Danielle just smiled, "I can ride bare
back. Jonathan, I can do anything," and she slipped upon
Majik and then just slipped all the way over and fell to the ground.
They both just rolled and laughed. "Well" she said "I
think I can." Danielle was always so sure of her self and
Jonathan was always there to make it happen. He
was very strong for a boy his age because he had always worked on a farm.
One day they were playing in the hay loft of Danielle's
barn and she was swinging on the rope that went outside and Jonathan gave
her a big shove an she hit the hay stack out side and went right down to
the middle. Jonathan came running down the ladder and was throwing
hay everywhere to find her. She had hay in her long auburn hair and
was laughing so hard. He was almost mad at her for frightening him,
but as he looked at her and the straw and hay in her hair, he knew he
wouldn't stay mad long.
She loved the smell of hay and helped her Dad clean stalls
and the barn all the time and Jonathan was always hanging around and
helping. Even as they turned into teens they still played and worked
together at the barn and cared for the horses. They knew everything
there was to know about caring for them. They were both young but
each had big dreams.
There was a big meadow and the horses were always in it
except of course when it was bad and then they were kept in the
barn. Jonathan came over everyday.
He had this big hat he wore, it was just him, he wore it no matter if
the sun was shinning or if it was raining. Danielle remembered their
first day of school. Luckily they lived in the country and the kids
didn't laugh. Any way he wanted to wear it through school. "No,
absolutely not," the teacher had told him. So he decided he
just wouldn't go to school. She smiled to herself, it had taken her
a long time to convince him to put it with his jacket and then put it
right back on after school.
Johnathan loved to ride horses and he and Danielle rode
all the time. There was a big open field and it was full of tall
green grass. Danielle's Dad let her and Jonathan sow seed for hay
and grass. Jonathan always had that hat on, you'd think it was
glued to his head. Then as they got a little older, he kinda stopped
As a matter of fact she remembered the first time she saw
him without it and his hair all combed and fixed. When he was little
and in school she never noticed it, he just always had that hat on.
My what a beautiful head of hair he had, golden blond highlights and the
sun just made it sparkle.
They both had just turned sixteen that summer and he had
ask her if she would go to the movies with him. He walked up to the
door and "no hat". She looked at him, he was so
cute, she didn't feel fifteen, she felt like a grown woman with what she
felt for Jonathan. They went to the movies and as they sat there,
he sneaked his arm around her and she leaned over toward him. She
knew she couldn't imagine life without him.
As time went on they still spent time together, then the
day came school was out for them both. Jonathan went away to the
army and Danielle got a job in their home town, the letters and contact
got further and farther apart. Jonathan moved around so much.
It was always in both their hearts the wonderful childhood they had and
the closeness they had. It was
kind of like an unspoken word, they would always be together.
Danielle had kept the picture of them together of him
pushing her upon the horse that eventful day. Mom had taken it and
given them both one.
Suddenly two months had passed and no word from Jonathan.
He just stopped writing and the calls were once in a while. He got
out of the army and stayed in Texas. He had said something about a
job and didn't have much time on his hands and to please just wait on him,
that was all.
A year had passed by so quickly but yet it seemed forever.
Just a short letter once in a while.. saying.. not to long now... please wait
for me.... Then all of a sudden, she received a call. Jonathan was
coming home and wanted to know if he could see her. He sounded funny
and he said, "still love me?" Sure hope so because I got
great news......but didn't give her time to answer. It was strange
but the feeling, the excitement was still there no matter how long it had
been. She went running out to the barn, grabbed Majik by the
neck, "Guess what?" she said, "guess who's coming
home? Majik was older now but still beautiful, Danielle had
taken good care of him. She always talked to Majik, every since she
was a little girl she had loved Majik. She now could bathe and brush
him all by herself without standing on a stool.
She still had all the letters Jonathan had written
her, all tied with a ribbon in a box. They were hidden
in the hay loft. She would go out and read them on days she was
especially lonely. She wondered how he looked and if he thought of
her while he was gone, if he had found someone else and had wondered why
the letters had been so short and why he didn't say what was going
on. It sure was a lonely time for her, she hoped it was for him.
The day came and she waited by the phone, it rang and she
knew when she heard his voice, it was still there, what she had felt since
they were children.
She waited by the door and as she opened it, there he
stood with his cowboy hat on and she started laughing. He reached
out his arms for her and she fell into them. She then pushed him
away and looked at him, "why?" she said, "why haven't you
written? Its been months, and calling me like this, like it was
yesterday...what happen?" He smiled and then he told her the
"Well its like this,. I didn't want to say
anything but as soon as I got out of the army, you remember I mentioned it
in the last letter I wrote you? I told you my buddy wanted me to come work
for his Dad. He had a lot of land and he said if I came and helped
him with his Dad's ranch and stayed with him for a year, he would
give me some horses and a piece of land and I could start my own
ranch. I didn't want to say anything till I knew for
sure. If I kept writing and calling, I would want to come home, so
all I could do was stare at our picture and hope and pray you would hold
on till I got it and got here.
I have us a ranch Honey, and I have us a house if
you still want me. Danielle let out a scream and jumped into his
arms. "Yes!" she said "Oh yes". All
because of a small picture and the memories of growing up together. Their
dreams had come true and of course Majik would go anywhere they
went. After all he was what put them together in the first place.
© Harriett Dash 2008