Finding our Way Back to Childhood Wonder

I have been here, waiting between your breaths for the longest time. Knowing that someday you would remember. Remember Me. Remember Us. I am in your heart whether you knew me or not. Whether you had a pony, or only dreamt of one. We are both real, just the same.

Finding our Way Back to Childhood Wonder - Sweet Dreams artwork by Kim McElroy, Spirit of Horse Gallery, Kingston, WA
Sweet Dreams” by Kim McElroy, Spirit of Horse Gallery

Somewhere along the way, you forgot the wonder. You remembered the love, but the love became inextricably woven with loss. Your heart was broken, and the moments that were timeless became shrouded in the past; walled off and insulated from the painful ending of what was once so pure.

This place has remembered for both of us. It has been within us all along. There is no door, or window, or way here except by surrendering to the moment and trusting that the emotions that come up when you embark on the journey, are all the illusions that have kept us apart. Illusions created by others. Or walls erected by other parts of yourself, that thought they were protecting you. That protection is no longer needed. You can set it aside, and breathe, and walk to the edge of my pond. There you will see reflections of what once was. Then, raise your eyes and look around, I am still here. We have a new playground to explore. By night, and by day. My only request is that you carry me in your pocket each time you leave here. In this way, I can remind you of the wonder of your every day now, and the people and animals who share the home pond, the city pond, the country pond, and the earth pond of your life.  

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  1. Kim!
    Your heart message gets right through to me. I “have” to read your emails as soon they come in. There is something special that you portray that always has a message for me. Thank you for sharing your gifts in word and art form. Your work is a refreshing breath of fresh air. You are appreciated and such a true gem! THANK YOU ever so much!!

  2. Hi Kim! Hope you and your beloved family are well! Wanted to say Hi & see how you and Darma and the rest of your herd are doing.
    Just want you to know how deeply you touch my heart/soul with your art and words to go with- thank you!! When I read the things you send I am usually moved to tears 🙂 That’s good!!
    I was looking up your workshops and bummed to see I missed the last one in 2019.(figures!:))If you get a yen to do another workshop count me in:)
    Life has been going so fast these past months – my goodness! even faster than last year somehow, which is hard to imagine. When I reached out to you last October for a spot in your schedule for art to honor my horse Spirit, I knew I was right but the idea was vague. Now, 5 months later, it still is,but I have grown so much personally (thanks to my Angels and animal family) that my perspective on what our ptoject might be is much different. I’m really glad – I sense that by the time we “come up” on your schedule(no rush by the way) all the ingredients will be assembled and ready for you to”cook”
    Just wanted to touch base and send you all spring blessings!
    XOXO Cara and everyone here at Connected Hearts Farm

  3. Hi Kim, I have been reading the “sweet dreams” sobbing. As If my horse, who crossed over three weeks ago, spoke to me again. Bentley, my guide in life, directed me and accompanied me to Arizona, to be apprentice(s) with Linda Kohanov. 2009/2010. As you know, Linda brings in her workshops many meditations asking the horses ancestors to come. Knowing Bent is among them now, helps me in my grief. So do your words. Thank you so much! Keep on your excellent, job, please 🙂

  4. A framed print of this incredible image hangs by my bed and feels like a protective lullaby as I feel enveloped in the innocent peace each time I see it.

  5. I was deeply touched by this picture. It comes into my life at the twilight of my dear geldings life. We’ve been together a long time and journeyed a many adventure together. Now as I contemplate how best to ease his transition, this image eases the heaviness in my heart; allowing the healing tears of grief and joy and love to flow. It reminds me to open my heart to the dreams and wonder of my younger self. And yet, allows for the hope of what is still to come.

    Thank you Kim

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