Theyve known him for years which they probably have

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they’ve known him for years, which they probably have, and always ask if I’m his little girl. I love it when old people ask about me. It makes me feel special. Dad tells them that I sure am. He’s so proud of me and tells every one that I’d even look cute in a gunnysack. I roll my eyes but it secretly makes me happy that I’m his little broomstick cowgirl. 3
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Pope I am so tired of sitting still waiting for Dad to go up and perform. Once he gets up he tells a couple stories that I don’t understand, but I am patient because my favorite one is coming. It’s a story about a cowboy roping a bear. He finally gets to my top pick and I listen intently to every single rhyming word. I picture Dad getting his rope off his saddle and throwing a loop at an old ornery bear just like in his poem. When he’s done the people who seem ancient all stand up and clap. So I stand up on my chair too and clap as much as I can. I’m so proud of my Cowboy Dad. After the rest of the boring program, people come up to my dad and tell him what a great job he did. The blue eyes he gave me looked up at his response when a lady asked him if a cowboy would really do that. He just flashes that big grin of his. I can read that smile like a book. His bright eyes have a sparkle as he responds, “In a heartbeat.” And I know it’s the truth. *Self Reliance: Always tighten your own cinch. What if you had to do everything yourself? That when your washer broke you couldn’t call the plumber, or if your car broke down there wasn’t a mechanic to dial. Growing up the cowboy way, you learn to depend on your own abilities and innovation. ***** I’m seventeen now, sitting in a bigger saddle than I started out in. We have a long ride ahead of us today. We start out in the thick mountain mahoganies. If Dad gets too far ahead of me I can’t see him anymore because of the deep trees. He makes his way in and out of the maze and I follow close behind him. Dad’s strong arms hold the branches back until I pass them so they don’t knock me off my horse. The close trunks of the trees 4
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