Cowboy loving ways
Cowgirl Sass & Savvy by Julie Carter
They weren't newlyweds by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, just days after this birthday event I'm going to tell you about, they celebrated their 35th anniversary.
Keeping that in mind, this tale will give a glimpse of the depth of love and tolerance honed over that period of longevity.
It was his bride's birthday and since her favorite thing was to go somewhere and see something notable, preferably historical, he offered a blank check in the "travel" department.
"Where would you like to go?" he asked, knowing she understood that didn't include destinations that required travel agents or airports.
She wasn't caught off guard with the request but truly didn't have a burning desire to visit anywhere in particular. So he decided for her. Also not a surprise.
"We'll go to East Texas," he announced helpfully. "Pick a town in East Texas."
The only town she could think of was Jefferson, selected because it had a rich history and would not require six months of travel time.
They loaded up and headed east, getting as far as Fort Worth. It was lunch time and since Joe T. Garcia's is, according to her, the best place in the world to eat, they stopped and did just that.
A $7 margarita for the birthday girl, reportedly with plenty of kick to it, sufficed as dessert and they soon were back on the road.
"Any place in Fort Worth you'd like to see?" he asked her.
She remembered the Fort Worth Water Gardens downtown and suggested that she would like to see that again.
"It is truly beautiful," she recalled. "A waterfall, a river, a stream, a pond, a cascade and anything else you can imagine doing with water.
It takes up an entire city block and you walk around in it and look at all the ways that water is distributed. It is fascinating."
Aiming to please, the cowboy headed the pickup that way.
He drove around the block a half dozen times looking for a place to park and finding none, he quickly lost interest in this particular destination.
His bride heard it coming as much as saw it. Knowing that when he's about to turn to a "silver-tongued devil," the timbre of his voice changes. So she takes a deep seat because what is next is always a "suggestion."
"You know baby, you have this wonderful memory, actually an amazing memory," he said with a glib smoothness to his words. "Since you have already seen this water display once before, how about you just remember it."
Parking problem solved, the loving couple is once again headed east.
"The east side of Fort Worth does not need seeing," she recalls. "The good news is that it was still daylight and we were relatively safe as long as we kept moving."
The redeeming factor for the trip through the seedier side of Fort Worth was summed up by the birthday girl.
Always looking for the positive aspect of things she said, "If we hadn't gone that way, I would never have known where the Bloody Knuckles Bar was."
Realizing that by now they were way in the hell on the other side of Fort Worth, they finally located the freeway. At first opportunity, they got back on it and began driving at freeway speeds to escape the adventure of the Bloody Knuckles neighborhood.
True to country-folk navigation, they ended up on the west side of Fort Worth again, at about the same point of arrival earlier in the day.
Taking matters into his own hands, the cowboy decided they'd just go on home. If he didn't tarry too long, he could still rope that evening.
Being married to a cowboy for 35 years will teach a gal how to say with a straight face, "It was a wonderful birthday."