OUR BRIDGE HERE AT REINS
The definition of a BRIDGE:
1) A structure over a river, etc. to provide away across.
2) A thing that provides connection, contact, etc.
3) Music: a connecting passage
*Webster’s New World Dictionary © 2003
For us here at REINS our BRIDGE (which provides the only access to our program) is all of those definitions and so much more. This past December, with all the torrential downpours, our BRIDGE took a hard hit which was of huge concern to all of us here at REINS. It started me thinking of how valuable the BRIDGE has been to REINS for so many years and quite honestly how we have taken it for granted. I started thinking of how many people have crossed the BRIDGE, how it has changed so many of our lives, and how the BRIDGE has made it possible for us to help ‘bridge’ the gap between the able and disabled body communities.
Here at REINS our BRIDGE is actually a railroad car. As we began the much needed repairs, I began to appreciate the strength and stability it has provided us for so many years. Not only here at REINS, but as a railroad car that probably has carried thousands of passengers and or freight across our country.
For years, many of our parents (whose children ride in the program) have shared with me how their children get so excited when they hear the rumble of the BRIDGE as they cross into REINS. They may not be able to speak or even see, but when they hear that sound they know what comes next. They get to ride their horse. I have also had many parents, volunteers and supporters question the strength of the BRIDGE and wonder if it is going to collapse.
Well, I can assure all of you the BRIDGE is here to stay! It will continue to provide a way for us to enter into REINS and provide that connection between these two very special worlds. I know many of you have been watching the work being done on the BRIDGE for a couple of weeks now. I give great thanks to my Board of Directors, especially Victor Kovner and Dan Soriano, for helping and seeing the urgency to repair the BRIDGE. A very special thanks goes out to Jim Betz and his concrete company (Betz Concrete) for acting so swiftly to get the repairs done.
Written by REINS Staff Last Updated on Friday, March 09, 2012