By Tiffany Amber Stockton
Last month, I promised I'd share more about the Nemours and DuPont families in Delaware, but the past few weeks have been crazy with writing, marketing, Easter, and my daughter and son's birthdays within the past week. In fact, my son's birthday is today. He is now 2. My daughter turned 4 last Tuesday.
Needless to say, I'm up to my eyeballs in kids, household duties, book deadlines, proposals, birthdays, and planning for two conferences where I'm speaking in the next 2 months.
So, I'm resurrecting a post from another blog back in 2010. It brought a lot of great discussion, and I thought it would be fun to have it posted again for an entirely new, vibrant audience that has come to gather here at the Historical Society. I do hope you'll indulge me and forgive me.
Right now, I'm working on a couple of books with a western setting. In fact, the very first complete book I wrote was set in a small western town and featured a hero who was a successful cattle baron. And although my latest series is set in Delaware at the turn of the 20th century, with my most recent contracted novel being a contemporary romance, I'm also continuing to write what I love...stories about horses, cowboys, ladies, and ranches in the west.
So, what is it about cowboys that appeals to so many of us? Why do little boys love to don the hat and boots and swing that lasso? Why do little girls get a twinkle in their eye when they see one? What about them makes ladies want to hop right on their horse and ride off into the sunset with them? What about the way they tip their hat makes you feel that all is right with the world? Why do stories of them always catch our ear or seeing movies of them catch our eye? And what is it about the way they drawl the word, "ma'am" that can make you weak at the knees?
Perhaps it's a desire for those simpler times when a man's handshake and his word was his bond, when men treated women with a high measure of respect and courtesy, when loyalty was a highly-prized character trait, and when you had all you could ever hope for if you had a good woman, a good saddle and a good horse.
To me? It's the love of horses and the image that cowboys represent. They might be a little rough around the edges, and they might even stink if they've been riding range for days on end without the luxury of a creek or a shower. But we love them anyway! There is just something about them that has stood the test of time, and I'm sure will continue to do so for years to come.
Before I end, I'd like to share a web site another friend sent that's entitled:
True Cowboy - The Last Cowboy Stronghold
Oh! And I'd love to hear what YOU feel is the reason for the appeal of the cowboy. What about them makes YOUR heart beat faster or puts a smile on your face? Share your thoughts in the comments.
** images courtesy of the following sites: http://www.art.com, http://domainnamenews.com, http://www.buckaroostyle.com, http://www.fineartamerica.com, and www.pinterest.com.
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, speaker, and virtual assistant, who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold fourteen books so far and is represented by Sandra Bishop of MacGregor Literary Agency. Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.