Real cowboys never run, they just ride away. –Anonymous
Texas is calling, but first things first: Everyone knows that I would die on the prairie. Seriously, D-I-E. I’m not exactly Veruca Salt spoiled, but I’m pretty sure I land somewhere in the pampered princess department. That being said, I’ve discovered something about myself recently…I LOVE westerns. Seriously, L-O-V-E. Of course, I’m categorizing this new development as just another part of my silent midlife crisis.
Most weekday mornings (ok, Saturdays, too) you’ll find me glued to the television, coffee in hand, watching the western series Big Valley. In case you’ve never stumbled on to this show, it features the Barkley family of Stockton, California. Each episode tells the story of a widowed matriarch, her adult children and life on the ranch. There are horses, bad guys, near calamity at every turn, adventure and drama. Everything you could ever want in a 1960s television show, plus they wear cowboy boots and hats! BONUS. I really can’t get enough of it.
I wouldn’t classify myself as western or even the least bit country…well, I did go through a bit of a country music spell in the ’90s, but didn’t well all? My best friend and I even went to a Little Texas concert at the county fair…hats included. I’ve been to the Lone Star State several times. Oh, and I’ve ridden a bull (not mechanical) and a horse. My guardian angel is a cowboy. He drives a dirty, old white truck (but that’s another blog.) Maybe I am a bit country after all? Yeah, I know…none of that really counts.
These things aside, I’ve been asking myself what’s the appeal here? Why am I so invested in this show and these cowboys? The answer has eluded me, but I think I’ve finally come up with something. It’s their PERSEVERANCE. It’s fiction and probably even cheesy fiction at that but in each episode, one of the characters must fight to save a person/critter, battle the elements, rescue a loved one, defend his/her honor, and ultimately save the day! And it’s not easy. One character, Heath (played by Lee Majors,) gets shot practically every other episode…and still manages to come out on top. It’s impressive, but more than that, it’s INSPIRING. A reminder that good guys win, one should never give up, there’s glory in overcoming obstacles, and even if you’ve been shot multiple times you can muster up the courage to go on. (Yeah, that last one was a bit of a stretch.)
Dealing with life change isn’t easy for any of us. Whether these changes are mental, physical, emotional, locational or even hormonal…change basically just sucks sometimes. And in the midst of my own life changes, I’ve found westerns. I’m not sure how everyone else is dealing with their midlife issues, but this is what works for me. So, if you’re into westerns…and Big Valley in particular…look me up. We can chat about our favorite characters, storylines, plot twists and answer that one unanswered question…why aren’t these heroic and extremely handsome cowboys married? Inquiring minds want to know…
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8