You Might Be A Cowboy’s Wife If…

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You might be a cowboy’s wife if…

…you spent the first week of your married life sleeping in a double bedroll.

…you walk into Target and have to take a deep breath and tell yourself to act normal and not like a woman who hasn’t seen traffic signals or a paved parking lot in over a month.

…you’ve ever uttered phrases like “You better not trade off my favorite horse” and “You entered the roping HOW many times?!”

This is my favorite horse, Teaks. He can be bought, but the more I say I like him, the higher the price goes.

This is my favorite horse, Teaks. He can be bought, but the more I tell my husband how much I like him, the higher the price goes. Photo by Becky Kingen.

…you have a big stash of boxes stashed in the guest room closet. You haven’t moved for two years, but you know that the shortest path to a new job (and subsequently a move) is paved with the ashes of burned moving boxes.

…your husband can shoe the worst horse in the cavvy on his day off by himself, but you are the only one in the house who can change a light bulb.

…you cook something for dinner with at least one canned ingredient so you have a lid to tack over the hole in the wall before the snakes get in.

…you cook ground round, short ribs, roasts and steaks until “beef” becomes a four-letter word. Sometimes, a gal just needs to eat honey-mustard glazed chicken breast and strawberry-spinach salad.

…family vacations are planned around the local ranch rodeo schedule.

...and you camp out in a range teepee.

…where your accommodations for the night are a range teepee and an outhouse.

…all your Christmas, birthday, wedding anniversary and Valentine’s Day gifts are bought at a rodeo trade show.

…you can correctly use the term “short circled” in a sentence.

…your kindergartener doesn’t know how to tie his shoes because all he’s ever worn are cowboy boots.

…your husband has no idea how much the phone, Internet or auto insurance bills are or when they’re due, but he knows the date and entry fee for every ranch rodeo and team roping within a 200-mile radius.

…you can discern the clanging of your husband’s spur rowels from that of the other cowboys’ as they walk to the barn.

…your kids’ playground is filled with broken-down tractors, flat tires and empty mineral tubs.

She found a cottontail rabbit in this tire once, so now every time we go outside, she must check it for bunnies.

She found a cottontail rabbit in this tire once, so now every time we go outside, she must check it for bunnies.

Being a cowboy’s wife isn’t for everyone. It’s not for women who are afraid to spend two days deep cleaning a house they’ve just moved into before they set the baby down on the floor, or spend 11 hours on town trip for groceries. It’s not for women who object to beautiful scenery from all views or seeing the sun rise while sitting in a saddle periodically. But, if these things sound doable to you, you just might be (contest as a) cowboy’s wife.

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About Jolyn Young

Jolyn Young lives near Fallon, NV with her cowboy husband and 3 small kids. For more, visit www.jolynyoung.com....

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