Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road, I took a walk down a horse trail. Suddenly, an elderly horse leaped out of the bushes and blocked my path. On his back, he carried The Headless Horseman! From The Legend of Sleepy Hollow! Since the Horseman had no head, he couldn’t speak or hear. When I cried out in fear he just shrugged. So, I shouted at the horse…
HORSE: Relax. We’re harmless. When I saw a human walking down the path, I galloped over.
HORSE: Well, for starters, I’ve been carrying this man on my back for centuries–
Right. Is the Horseman still searching for his head?
HORSE: Yes! Every night after midnight we ride around and around and around the graveyard looking for it. But I’m getting too old to do this every night for hours and hours and hours. My hooves are worn and I can’t see as well as I used to. I don’t know where the heck I’m going half the time.
Is the Horseman aging, too?
HORSE: Uh huh. He has back pain from sitting on me year after year.
I imagine he does.
HORSE: But he’s incapable of admitting it. The problem is, the Horseman has no head so he’s totally led by his emotions. He only follows his heart. He’s blindly driven to find his head. But he’s not the only one in this relationship. I’m here too, and I say it’s time to slow down before we both get hurt.
I understand your situation so well. I’m in a longtime relationship, too. A marriage. I’ve slowed down a bit because I’m beginning to see the world differently. My husband does too, but not as much as I do. He keeps working very long hours and doesn’t know how to stop himself. It’s hard to slow down as a couple. I guess we all don’t slow down at the same time, but we have to find a way to make it work somehow.
HORSE: At least you and your husband both have heads. You can talk about it. What am I supposed to do?
It will be hard at first, but maybe you’ll have to be the assertive one. Maybe the next time the Horseman steers you toward the graveyard for the hundredth time, steer him back toward the barn. Put your foot down! Or, in your case, put all four feet down.
HORSE: But the Horseman is pure emotions! He’ll get angry! And he’ll feel so sad because he’ll have to accept he might never find his head. His heart will be broken.
This is a definite turning point–
Oh! The Horseman desperately needs a head to advise him when his feelings overtake him!
Actually, the way I see it is, the Horseman will be okay because he already has a head. It has been there for a long time and will continue to be there for years to come.
HORSE: Whose head is that?
Dearest Blogger Friends, In the meantime, if you happen to see a random head floating around, please let me know and I’ll pass the info on to the Horseman and his horse. Thanks!