It had been a long day at preschool today the boys

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It had been a long day at preschool today. The boys had made me play kissing tag. I hate that game. But when I got home, Mom told me Dad had a surprise for me at the ranch. I was so excited so I skipped down the lane with her. Now I’m waiting for Dad to reveal the secret. I finally see him! He is leading Bows, my brother’s favorite horse. The saddle on Bows’ back wasn’t my brother’s though. “It’s time you get your own saddle if you’re going to be my little cow puncher.” I can’t believe it! Dad’s strong hands swung me into my throne. He leads me around once and I feel like I’m on top of the world. After my easy round, he turns and hands me the leather reins. “Go for a ride sis.” I can’t believe he trusts me to ride by myself! When I’m halfway around the arena, I hear him shout, “Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high, keep your eyes fixed where the trails meet the sky. Live like 2
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Pope you ain’t afraid to die. Don’t be scared, just enjoy the ride.” I know that when I swung up on this horse I was just a girl, but I’m coming down a cowgirl. *Authenticity: It ain’t about the hat and the boots. (Owen) Being authentic to a cowboy isn’t just about the cosmetics; it’s more about being genuine to the core. Cowboys are a dying breed. People say cowboys are everywhere. All people see is a belt buckle and wranglers and assume they’re bona fide cowboys. But real, genuine cowboys don’t need the boots and the hat to show they’re original. There’s no need to prove who they are. They’re proud of their success, but they own up to their shortcomings without delay. ***** “I’m so excited to go listen to Dad tonight, Mom!” Mom tells me she is too and to go throw my pink boots on. Tonight Dad is doing cowboy poetry at a class reunion for old people. I love watching him stand up in front of an audience explaining the life of a cowboy. We finally head into town and when I walk in the elementary all I see is gray hair. In my seven-year-old eyes everyone over 30 is way old. They all talk to Dad like
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