My Little Dashie: First Scare
It had been about three months since I "received" Dashie as a Christmas present from Santa. I still can't figure out how he knew or how he found a character who I thought only lived in the cartoon world. But I don't give it much thought now. She has been a blessing in my life! We have shared so many happy and cute times together. If there is one thing I have to say that makes her stand out the most is that sometimes when I feel down, she can look at me with her sparkling maroon eyes that twinkle like stars and it will cheer me up instantly and bring a smile to my face. She also would give me a look like puppy dog eyes whenever she wanted either one more handful of oats or another baby carrot or two. In any event, I'm loving every minute we are spending together. I think today we may have another first of ours today; but I think it will more affect her than me
I looked out the window of my apartment and looked to the sky and saw that dark clouds were gathering; indicating a severe thunderstorm was approaching. "Hmm, looks like we're gonna get some heavy rain." I said as I turned to Dashie, who was still a filly, but larger than she was on Christmas. She sat down on the floor near me and smiled at me with her gorgeous eyes. I couldn't help but smile back and kneel down to rub her mane. I stood back up and heard a chime come from my iPhone. I unlocked it and I saw a notification from "The Weather Channel" app. It said that there was a severe thunderstorm warning for our area which could produce sheets of rain that could come down in buckets and could produce some heavy winds as well. "Oh dear, this is going to be interesting." I said quietly. Dashie never experienced a thunderstorm before; even though it was the end of February, which has been warmer than usual this year. Normally, there would be snow covering the ground and the thought of a thunderstorm wouldn't have crossed anyone's mind at this time of the year! But, I digress; Mother Nature works in mysterious ways.
A couple of seconds later, both Dashie and I started to hear the heavy rain fall outside. There was a sudden flash of lightning, followed by a loud rumble of thunder. Dashie retreated towards my feet and curled herself up into a ball where she covered her eyes with her tiny hooves. I looked back and could help but feel sorry for her. A minute later, the lights suddenly went out and the entire apartment suddenly became dark. "Oh great, the power's out!" I grumbled. "Could this get any worse?!" At that moment, a bright flash of lightning lit the room for a split second, followed by a roaring loud rumble of thunder. I then went into an app which activated my iPhone's little LED light near the camera and looked around. I pointed the light at my feet and Dashie was suddenly gone.
"Dashie?" I called out into the dark apartment getting no response. "Dashie? Where'd you go?" I began to carefully walk around the apartment looking for the little blue and rainbow colored filly. Several times I looked under various pieces of furniture while calling her name, revealing nothing. "Dashie! Come out, come out, wherever you are! Where are you my silly filly?"
After another bright lightning flash and booming rumble of thunder, I decided to check my bedroom and look around there. "Dashie? Dashie, you in here?" I called out looking around the room with the little, bright light source. I then decided to lower my voice and see if I could hear her in here. "Dashie? Dashie, it me. Daddy. Are you in here? Could you make a sound for me please?" I heard nothing but the heavy rain outside for a couple of seconds. I then had a hunch to check under my bed. After shining the light underneath it, low and behold, I found the little filly pony curled up like a porcupine in a corner with her tiny hooves covering her ears and her eyes tightly shut, quivering in fear.
"Dashie! Dashie, it's me, Daddy!" I tried calling out to the scared little pony, shining the light on her. After a few hesitant seconds, she slowly let go of her ears and open her big, beautiful eyes to me. "Hey Dashie! Come here to daddy. There's nothing to be afraid of. I'm here." She slowly started to walk towards me, but a sudden clap of thunder made her stop in a heartbeat and caused her to stop where she was and started to cry from the loud noise the thunder made. "Awww, it's okay. It's okay. It's just the thunder, Dashie. It won't hurt you." I said to the upset pony, trying to caress her out from the bed and into my comforting arms. "Come here, come here
let daddy comfort you. It's okay now, the noise is gone."
After she had calmed down, which was about a minute or two, she hesitantly made her way out from under the bed where I immediately scooped her up into my arms where she hid her face in fear. I then sat down on the bed and put my iPhone, with the light still on, against a lamp and shined it on the both of us. She slowly turned around and a bright flash of lightning forced her into her corner of my arms where she began to squirm around. Along with the squirming around, I began to hear little muffled cries from her. I took her from my arms and looked into her eyes where she began to cry and quiver. I rested her on my shoulder and said while petting the back of her mane and in between her still tiny wings, "Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, sssshhhhhhh. It's okay Dashie, its okay. It's just thunder and lightning; they won't hurt you. As long as I am here, they can never hurt you. Think of it as uh
" I tried using the example my mom use to say to my sister and I about thunderstorms, "
just the angels bowling. Yeah that's it! The angels are bowling. They're just
entertaining us during this nasty weather!"
I continued to pet her for a couple of more minutes as several more bright lightning bolts lit the apartment and some rumbles of thunder filled our ears, trying to comfort her in every way, shape, and form. "Shh, shh, shh, ssssshhhhhhh
" I said still trying to calm her down. I took her from my shoulder and held her like a baby and I began to rock her softly. "Here, here. Let me sing you a lullaby to help you endure this nasty storm
" I then cleared my throat.
"Lullaby, lullaby, thunder cannot harm you Dashie.
No it can't. No it can't. Not as long as I am here.
Fall asleep, fall asleep, fall asleep little Dashie.
In my arms, shall you sleep. O you shall sleep so soundly tonight.
Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby
I repeated the lullaby several times and then noticed Dashie sound asleep in my arms. She had her hooves on her fuzzy tummy and let out a yawn in which I could feel her soft breath touch my skin. "Awww, this is too adorable!" I whispered to myself as I looked upon the small sleeping filly. Suddenly, the light near my bed stand turned on. "Ah, the power's back! That's good." I said as I turned the light off near my bed. I didn't want a light to disturb my little Dashie's sleep. I gently tucked her into the covers and placed them under her hooves which she grasped softly. She turned to the side and let out a yawn. I couldn't help but smile as I leaned in and gave her a soft kiss on her forehead. "Pleasant dreams, my little Dashie. One day you won't need me to keep you company during these storms, but for now, I will enjoy these moments and hold them close to my heart."
I turned off my iPhone's light and listened to Dashie's soft breathing from a chair near the bed. By now, I think the worst of the storm was over and the tail end of the storm was just some heavy rain which sounded soothing to me, just as much as Dashie's breathing. I let out a yawn as I leaned into the chair where I eventually fell asleep right where I said I would be; next to Dashie's side, protecting her from all harm, no matter what.