April 18, 2009 / Misc / 3 comments
These words are well known to everyone. Even if there is someone, which is hard for me to believe, who has never watched a cowboy movie, he’ll recognize these words as universal western greeting.
When I was a little girl I watched movies about cowboys very often, since my grandfather was a real fan of those movie classics. Those were the movies! I always knew whom to cheer for. There was no doubt, since everything was so black and white, and I don’t mean by that the color of the movie, but the simplicity of characters, they were simply good or bad.
It was a great shock for me to find out that cowboys in reality didn’t dress up like they did in movies. Cowboys wore whatever they could get their hands on… But the well known cowboy, the one we love the best is the one with black or white cowboy hat (the color of the hat depended of if he was a good guy or bad one), off course the one we all loved is the guy with the white hat! He is the one who isn’t afraid to do anything, the one who sleeps under stars, the one who wouldn’t back up from a hard labor, but also the one who knows his manners and never curses in front of children and is very shy with the ladies, probably for his solitary way of living.
Though he led a hard and dangerous life, he could usually see the funny side, even if the joke was on ‘im. Nobody relished the humor of bein’ taken more than a cowboy ‘imself. His humor grew out of what he knew and observed. He was one of the great storytellers of our time. He observed everything around him and had time to think.
The Cowboy… horses… cattle… wide open spaces… the howl of a coyote in the night… songs and stories around a campfire… times when a handshake means your word… There is still something about those things that draws people to that way of living. Cowboy represents a true hero, a real man who kept his most valued thing, his freedom.