We all have our own personal "to-do" lists. There are lists for small things like buying groceries, lists for slightly larger things like steps to your five-year plan, and then there is the one list that we all have in our minds - the "Bucket List." For those not familiar with the expression, a bucket list is just a list of things you'd like to do before you kick the proverbial bucket and leave this world for good.
For some folks, it can include things like witnessing the birth of a grandchild or great-grandchild, traveling to certain places (or around the world in general), skydiving, eating at a famous restaurant, and much, much more. Life is so beautiful and provides us with the possibility of many amazing experiences, so I think it's good to try to narrow down what you want to do and make a goal of one day doing it.
Although a lot of folks start accumulating ideas for their bucket list when they're still young, the focus on actually fulfilling these wishes often becomes much more acute in old age. It makes sense - as you realize that your time is increasingly limited, there is a much greater sense of urgency in trying to get all (or, at least, a few) of those hopes and dreams checked off your list. This is the heartwarming story of one elderly lady, Marion Roberts, who was approaching the end of her life, and how she was able to get one of her bucket list items crossed off.
Marion is under the care of Crossroads Hospice. The organization makes a special point of asking all their clients what a perfect day would be to them. Then, they do their best to make that day happen. For Marion, her perfect day involved horses - specifically, the Clydesdales that are so prominently featured in Budweiser commercials during every Super Bowl.
The 95-year-old has loved horses since she got her first pony when she was just seven. It sparked a lifelong love, and in her youth Marion even worked as a trick rider for the rodeo!
Although the Warm Springs Ranch in Missouri, the official home of the Budweiser Clydesdales, doesn't open for visitors until April, they made a special exception for Marion. She got to say hello to several of the horses (the ranch houses 70 in total) and made an instant bond with one of the largest Clydesdales there, which you can see in the sweet photo below.
It's clear that even after all these years, Marion still has the special touch that allows her to connect with these beautiful animals. We're so glad that this beautiful, sweet little old lady was able to have her perfect day!