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Horsin’ Around

Roger Thompson
Fort Collins, Colo.

I can’t explain why memories come floating into the mind when we least expect, then stay so clinging while life goes on. It was six years ago and by now should have become just a fleeting thought.

Being active in summer FCC Rodeo Bible Camps, I was driving home from Montana in August and my cell phone had been ringing but I couldn’t make the connection. After finally getting home and taking care of my horses, I checked my answering machine. Then I had to sit down. A good friend’s daughter had been killed in an automobile accident and though I was tired and worn out, I knew I had to make it out to the ranch for the funeral.

Every time I saw Katie Divis, whether at a Rodeo Bible Camp, National Western Stock Show or chapter meeting, she would run up and give me that big Grandfatherly hug. Then at a large camp, after the hug and smile she continuously teased me about one thing or another even though I had loaned one of my roping horses to her little brother to learn to rope.

After all, it had been her mother who held my hand while they loaded me into “Flight For Life” the year before and called her husband for permission to sit with me in the hospital for two days because I had no family. I knew I felt loved by the Divis family, but the love felt by others who knew them became evident when I pulled into the ranch yard.

Over 200 people, touched by her death came to pay their respects, as Katie was laid to rest in a beautiful meadow by the river on the ranch. I normally don’t like to view friends in their coffin but Katie was dressed in her favorite western clothes and crown (she had been the Lincoln County Fair Queen.) She also wore a beautiful “Crumrine” belt buckle with a cross of gold given in 1999. Katie was so proud of the buckle she wore it any time she could. It was given, not as a trophy for fast time, but as recognition for her hard work, sweet smile and pleasant attitude. At graveside they talked about Katie’s rededication to our Lord at camp that year, her struggles of passing from a child to an adult as a teenager hanging on to her faith. Then they invited any one who wished to have the faith Katie found.

Numerous people stepped forward, but among them were Katie’s little brother and Grandmother. At the end, Katie’s mother, Kitty, stepped forward and told the crowd that: “Until this moment I could not see any reason for Katie’s death, but now I know in my heart that Katie would have gladly given her life to have her Grandmother to accept this faith.”

Please forgive me for taking you down this memory lane but it has been heavy on my heart and I wanted to share. I have known only a few teenaged girls who touched so many lives is such a short life span. In spite of the accomplishments, she was neither pretentious nor phony and many folks like me loved her for who she was. That was the way Katie wanted it. To be accepted at face value, but there were a lot of big smiles and hugs along the way.

You May Not Realize it, but…

by J. Cary Walker

1. There are at least two people in the world that you would die for.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is that they want to be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to any one even if they don’t like you.

5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before going to sleep.

6. You mean the world to someone.

7. You are special and unique.

8. Some one you don’t even know exists loves you.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes of it.

10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take another look.

11. Always, remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

Happiness keeps you sweet. Trials keep you strong. Sorrows keep you human. Failures keep you humble. Success keeps you glowing.

Only God keeps you going.

Roger Thompson is a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.


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