ummmmm…more cowboy stuff

I had the pleasure of spending time with my great-nephew, Liam a few weeks ago. My daughter (Willa), our Vermont friend (Jen Wool) and I were hanging out with him. He wanted us to find (and keep finding) cowboy videos on our phones and stories of cowboys in South Dakota Magazine. He couldn’t get enough.

Every time a story or video was over, Liam would say, “ummmmm…more cowboy stuff”. This became our catch phrase for the week.

Correct if I’m wrong Liam, however, I’m pretty sure you’re telling us to always seek out more of whatever sparks our interest. Ummmmm—for me, it actually is more cowboy stuff. Certainly in my artwork and photography anyway. Thanks buddy. You’ll surely be missed.

Thank you Suttons—what an amazing day on your ranch!

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Thank you, Suttons.  We had an amazing day visiting your spread!  Seeing my Cape Cod raised husband, Jeff on horse was really cool and certainly will be a highlight of our summer.  I would love to return the favor if you ever find yourselves heading east. Lobsters? Vermont Cheese? Ben and Jerry’s?  Have a wonderful summer!

What’s the object in your life that connects you most to who you are?

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My boots that are the equivalent of my “blankie”.  They are comfort.  They are the ideal footwear when my back hurts.  I do have to admit that I feel a little more bad ass on the days I wear them. I love my cowboy boots.  I wish I could tell you that I was a real rodeo girl in growing up in South Dakota, but I was not.  I had a horse named Honeybear.  I rode in a few 4H rodeos and I have the awards for participation in a box in my basement but that is about the extent of my “rodeo days”.  Sorry friends, I know for your own amusement you have made me a real rodeo queen—I can easily live with your exaggerated stories.  They loom large in my own head too.  I do however, know some real rodeo queens if that helps your narrative in any way.

I think it’s important to have those objects in our lives that connect us to a certain part of ourselves.  My boots keep me tied to my South Dakota roots.  They make me feel more grounded and connected to the prairie—my interior geography.  Today they are necessary in my life and I knew the minute I woke up that this would be a cowboy boots sort of day.  Do you have something you wear or carry with you like a talisman?  I would love to hear about what that object is for you.  Please post a comment or send me a photo (lllillibridge@gmail.com) I think others would be interested too.