This post is a submission for the 78th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy being hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene. The request was for pony, cowboy, and cowgirl photos from our family albums and the stories behind them.
[This beautiful COG poster was designed and provided by the creative footnoteMaven.]
I think every little boy, no matter the generation, at one time or another, dreams about being a cowboy. To have his own horse, his own gun, his own cowboy hat, with the wide open spaces of the wild west ready to take on the worst of the worst, the meanest of the meanest bad guys the wild west could come up with, and to save the damsel in distress is what every little boy dreams of at one time or another. Certainly, though, the popularity of being a cowboy increased in the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's with the influx of Western movies made at the time. How do I know this? Just look below at the photos of my father dressed as a cowboy throughout his life. Then, take a look at the last one of my brother and sister on their donkey Oscar. I think that my Big Paw Paw [my dad's dad] had great dreams of dad becoming a cowboy, wouldn't you agree? Also, when I was young when VCR's hit the scene [you know, the big clunky ones?], my dad would rent tons of John Wayne movies. He said that they were really good, and that I just had to see them. He was right. They were good.
And below, no, your eyes are not deceiving you, the first photo is of my dad sitting on a real live bull [because, hey, that's how we roll in Texas], but of course my favorite is of him on the pony when he was three.