Last weekend, as guests of my friends Marty and Shirley Newman, I was a featured storyteller at the first San Miguel International Storytelling Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I told a story about my father’s horses. You can count on horses as characters because they are perfect mirrors of humans. They reflect our behaviors.

My father, Cowboy Bob, my brothers Brian, Mark and me (far r.) on our mare, Sara Lou.

My father, Cowboy Bob, my brothers Brian, Mark and me (far r.) on our mare, Sara Lou.

My father, “Cowboy Bob” Bonifer, used to say, “What you put into a horse is what you get from it. If you show them love, you’ll get love in return.”

This was his experience. I’ll add:

If you show them disrespect, they’ll make a fool out of you. This was my experience.

If you dream about them, they’ll separate you from reality. This was my brother’s.

If you fear them, they will haunt you. This was my mother’s.

If you play with them, they will bring you happiness. This was my sister’s.

If you rescue them, they’ll save you. This was my family’s.

And if you tell stories about them, they bring those stories to life. This was our shared experience in San Miguel de Allende. Beautiful town. Check it sometime. 

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

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