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A little cowboy logic or a piece of baling wire

Posted: Thursday, Jan 23rd, 2014

Jeanie Wright recently left her job as publisher of the Chronicle to return to her hometown and care for her father.
One of my early memories of my dad is of me sitting on his knee in front of the big creek-rock fireplace in our ranch house. One of his big, working-man hands held my little hand with the fingernail polish flaking off. His other arm was around my shoulders. I was crying, telling him I never wanted to go to school again because I didnít have any friends. First grade had become too much for this shy little girl to bear, I said. The smell of cigarette smoke mixed with English Leather soothed my little heart as he hugged me tight and explained we all have to do things that seem hard, but you just have to go up those steps to the school one at a time. It would get easier he reassured me, and if it didnít, he said I should always remember the people at home cared about me.

It was around that time I realized my daddy knew all there was to know about the big wide world. Any problem a young girl came up with could be fixed with a little cowboy logic or a piece of baling wireóserious problems required both.

For the complete article see the 01-22-2014 issue.

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