These boots were made for . . . marching! Not walking.
These cowboy boots are very special to me because they were my grandfather’s. The boots were handmade for my grandfather when he was a member of the Cowboy Marching Band at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. While I have his boots, I didn’t get his musical ability! But I did get many other wonderful talents and lessons, which I give him full credit.
I was very fortunate to grow-up in the same town as my grandparents and spent many many hours with them. We celebrated all our holidays and birthdays at their house. It was a special treat to get to spend the night at their house – my grandmother would fix a home-cooked dinner and my grandfather would make a special breakfast, M&Ms included. He had quite the sweet tooth!
He was an accountant by profession and continually used opportunities to teach my siblings and I about finances. When we were young, he would pay us .10 for every bug we caught or weed we pulled and made it our job to keep track of how much he owed us (without bringing him a handful of bugs or weeds!). He started a lawn mowing business for my older sister with his neighbors, which was passed down to my brother and then to me. He took me open my first bank account and showed me how to ledger my checkbook. He wanted to impart money management and responsibility.
My grandfather also played a huge role in my life as he encouraged me to follow my dreams of going to law school. As I took an interest in going to law school, he talked about one of his favorite classes, Negotiable Instruments. He even gave me his book from his class! He was encouraging to me through the entire process – college and law school. I was very proud to have him see me walk across the stage and accept my law degree.
There are numerous examples of his love and generosity, but one of the things I admire the most was his passion for problem solving. He loved to fix things around the house if they broke, or make improvements, do his own car maintenance, fix the lawn mower, you name it – he’d fix it. But it wasn’t just his house, he helped his neighbors, and our house. Now remember, he was an accountant by trade, but that did not stop him from trying to tinker and solve the issue. He was a solution-oriented person and applied that to all the areas of his life – work, family, friends and the community. He didn’t quite until the job was done. I remember his passion and his dedication, and I strive to model that passion in my job as an attorney, and in my life.
I proudly wear and display my grandfather’s cowboy boots in his honor, and in gratitude of the things he has taught me.