I was excited to see Tom Robinson again. As you may remember, Tom was a longtime sports columnist at The Virginian-Pilot for the past 30-years or so. When I pulled in to the empty parking lot at Equi-Vets, an equine training program for folks with disabilities, etc., I had no idea what to expect. It was a chilly yet sun-plashed afternoon. Me, Tom and Susan (staff member at Equi-Vets) chatted lightly while waiting on Chris (the subject). The smell of the barn -- the hay, the horses and even the poo -- had tickled my fancy and I was excited, with Tom by my side, to start this journey. We turned the corner with Chris...and there was "Jack". He's a 16-year-old stunningly beautiful behemoth that used to pull Amish carts, but what was more impressive than this gorgeous beast was how "Jack" interacted with Chris. Chris talked quietly, silently at times, with Jack and Jack happily listened. Chris was a former engineer in the Air Force and saw real war in Afghanistan and he brought the war home with him. This time the war is in his head. And that's where "Jack" comes in. He brushes him, saddles him, rides, but more importantly, talks to him. And "Jack" happily listens.
To read more about Jack and Chris, please visit Tom Robinson's blog here and as always, thanks for looking.