On The Back Porch

A Cowboys Poem

Western life was a tough and a harsh life as the west was won. But the men and women that took on the task of “winning the west” were tough, resilient, and resourceful.

They could adapt and were quick to learn, otherwise, they died a quick and sometimes a horrific death. But fate would allow the western way of life to become a reality. Of course, newcomers would continue to filter in and they in turn would be forced to accept the tried and true ways of survival, but, they often brought new ways that would complement the old ways as life and progress would flourish in a magnificent manner. I say all of that to introduce this topic of tried and true ways of mentoring our youth, yet being open to fresh and innovative ways that youth might bring to the table.

I have found in the decades of my life that the “Old Folks” will readily take on a “youngun” to train in a proper manner. Of course, that is biblical. Proverbs 22:6 tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I can give you numerous instances where that occurred throughout my life with me as the one being mentored, as well as, me doing the mentoring. I will spare you that, but I am going to tell you about a mentoring right here in Marlin, Texas. The mentor is a young man I consider a friend and one that I have had the pleasure of watching grow into a fine upstanding gentleman, a patriot, and a credit to his family and our community. This past Saturday, at a local donut shop, I observed Jay Butler do what he does best.

 

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