Well, it is done. We have a new President, Donald J. Trump, our 45th. Despite it all, it was a successful, and peaceful, handing over of power, a hallmark of our Nation and our Republic. That is something for which to be grateful no matter which candidate one supported. The Nation carries on, and that is a comfort, or should be, to all. That is how our Nation rolls, and that is something for which to be grateful.
As this is the Weekend Open Thread, I am also grateful for a chance to have a departure from the incessant week of Politics, Politics, Politics to which we have been subjected. That is the case both from the perspective of what Obama was doing as he was going out the door, as well as the Hearings for Cabinet members, and all of the Inauguration hoopla. It is done now, thank heavens.
So now, we can concentrate, at least for a couple of days, on some major cuteness. First up is a mini-mini-horse, as in a baby mini-horse. Now, that portends major cuteness just in thinking about it, doesn’t it? A baby mini-horse? Well, check out the real thing chasing its human around (h/t IHeartHorses.com):
How stinkin’ cute is THAT? I think the little baby enjoys hearing its hooves strike the floor as much as I do! So, so cute.
Recently, a friend of mine mentioned that he didn’t realize that horses like to play. Oh, do they ever. Check out this very high end Dressage horse as he takes a break from his training (h/t IHeartHorses.com):
That is one handsome boy, isn’t he? And what a high-ol’ time he is having!
It just does my heart good to see these horses – big and small – as they play and just enjoy life.
But it isn’t just these adorable creatures that warm my heart. Check out this adorable little girl as she experiences her very first rainfall, from Huffington Post Good News:
How precious is that little girl?? What a reminder of how the simple things can be so joyful if we open ourselves up to it. Hearing this little girl, haring her mother, seeing the sheer joy and delight of experiencing the beauty of nature, is just heartwarming.
The HuffPo article also had this powerful, moving video of a young woman hearing sound for the first time:
This just moved me to tears. What a moment this must have been for her. It is hard to even imagine what a life-changing event that would be. Powerful, just powerful, and what a gift – to her, for sure, as she is able to hear for the first time. But it is a gift to us as well to remind us how blessed we are to live in a time where such medical advancements are being made. Just amazing.
And we are blessed. We are blessed to live in a nation in which every four years, we have an orderly transfer (or maintenance) of power by one Party or another. We are blessed for the freedoms we have, for living in a country that affords us so many freedoms.
We are blessed on an even larger scale to live in a world in which horses play, and little children experience a natural event with glee and joy that many of us have long forgotten. It is always good to be reminded of the simple things that bring us joy – animals, nature, the laugh of a loved one, and the peace of a quiet moment.
And we are blessed to have people who make us laugh. One such person is Kathleen Madigan, one of my favorite comedians. She has a new show out called, “Bothering Jesus.” Since this is the weekend, this clip, which explains the name, seems most appropriate to me:
How funny was that? You know I was thinking of my Catholic friends when I first heard this. Just cracked me up. I hope it did you, too!
I wish all of those things for you this weekend – laughter, peace, joy, and love – as we take a break from the world of Politics and the goings-on of the past week.
That’s it for me. What brings you joy? What moves you? What brings you peace, or laughter? Feel free to share any and all in the Comments. This is the Weekend Open Thread.