Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Little Joe

This is the little cowboy I supervised at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo today. Let's call him Joe.

On the bus ride to the rodeo, Joe asked me, "Why is your hair so white?" When I answered because I'm old, he said, "My grandma has white hair and she is old. Your face isn't old. Why is your hair old?"

It was Joe's first time at the rodeo. He was excited about everything; petting goats, seeing baby chicks, seeing pigs and ponies, watching a cow get milked, and eating a corn dog. He said "Hi Mr. Cowboy!" to every grown man in a cowboy hat and boots. There are a lot of Mr. Cowboys at the rodeo.

On the bus ride home I asked little Joe what his favorite thing at the rodeo was.

"Talking to you," he said.

7 comments:

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Hi Sarah, this looks like a wonderful idea for a painting. . . Look at all the fun patterns in his clothes. You would do a beautiful job with this, I see a very fun portrait/figurative! And what a nice memory it would be of your day with Joe, and you might even get a copy of it to him.
Joan
p.s. It's so easy to suggest projects for other people! I have way too many projects, I hope you don't mind my suggestion.

Sarah Hazel said...

Thanks, Joan. I had already thought of that....

I don't mind at all.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Sarah, I thought you might have. :)
Now we look forward to seeing the painting!
Joan

mcoker said...

Awww. Now I'm gonna cry a little :)

Kris said...

What a beautiful story...did you heart just burst?

hcpark said...

This is a great story. It reminds us of what kids remember.

On a side note, the rodeo is a great way to get to know Houston. I remember my first rodeo. We got these cheap hats. Charlie Pride was the music act (hmmm, see #6 in list). I was recently back in town, and was reminded of this and so many things I miss. Rodeos make memories...

Sarah Hazel said...

It's certainly a memory I won't forget.