In case you didn't know this, the oak tree is the national tree of America.…
“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy … ”
–Orson F. Whitney
This old mare has herself lived a life of quiet endurance, consistently producing capable offspring for many years, and leading the herd of mares as a steadfast example of fortitude.
She and her new foal are a perfect example of the passing of time as we enter a new year; symbolic of wisdom, experience, and the promise of new growth and adventures to come.