It’s been suggested to me that I write about western words. Give all of you folks out there in the “real world” a peek at what we mean when we talk about certain subjects. Our frames of reference are totally different, and so, I agree that some simple definitions may be in order. Let’s take “Cowboy” or “Cowgirl” for starters. You may assume these terms are job titles and refer to what these individuals do for a living every day from 9-5. That would be an incorrect assumption. “Cowboy” and “Cowgirl” are much more than that. When I refer to someone as a true Cowboy or Cowgirl, I am recognizing their independent spirit and clear thinking. This person would be honest in their dealings with others, but also not inclined to fool themselves about who they really are. This person would be a hard worker and tackle each task with the expectation to complete that task at whatever cost. And, most of all, this person would respect other people for who they are (or aren’t) as well as respect animals for all they do and bring to our lives. Cowgirls and Cowboys also recognize how important land, dirt, ground, and real estate is to our heritage, past and future. You don’t have to be a radical environmentalist to agree that it’s necessary to take care of grass, air, and water if you plan on using it later on in yours and your children’s lives. In short: Cowboy and Cowgirl are not occupations. They are Attitudes.

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About cowgirlbing

Co-president of Cowboy Shop in Pinedale, Wyoming.

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