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Big Al's View Of The World

COWBOY SPORTS NEWS MAGAZINE JANUARY 2018


Hear His voice in the laughter of loved ones and the greetings of strangers. For each new day is His gift to you and those whose lives you touch.

Those words were printed inside a Christmas card I got the other day from a longtime subscriber and sometime “pen pal.” I had opened the card a week or two back and had a lot on my plate at the time so it just sat on my desk waiting for a second look. Nothing caught my eye the first time I read it but this time I guess I just happened to be in the right mind set to let the words in.

My wife came up from the barn one morning laughing her head off. She had seen a bunch of crows making a fuss on the ground in the mare trap. She had remembered that they would sit over another dead crow and squawk and stand guard over the lost one. As she started walking to the scene of the crime she was videoing the whole thing to show me later. If you know my wife, you know she is not a technical person. Her camera was flipped to video her instead of the crows so the whole time all you see is her and her reactions. This just made her day. We all got a good laugh out of it and went on with our day.

A few days later a great friend of ours passed away unexpected from a heart attack at a very young age. As I sat there in the service that morning I couldn’t help but think of those crows and the squawking they were making and how much we are both alike. Were the crows mourning their loved one or were they telling stories of his achievements and crazy escapades?

Now back to those words on the inside of the Christmas card. Our friend had many friends of different types and they had all come together at his service to celebrate him. He was friends with people of all walks of life but it was obvious from talking with them that he meant the same to them that he meant to us and the others. Most of us had never met but we had that commom denominator that brought us together at that moment. He was my lunch date sometimes a few times a week. They say until you “break bread” with someone you don’t really know them. Well, I knew David liked Mexican food. It’s going to be hard not seeing him walk into the restaurant and head back to our table at the back of the room. Hear His voice in the laughter of loved ones and the greetings of strangers.

Yesterday I learned of another great friend passing. I met him over 20 years ago and he never failed to greet me each and every time we met. For many years he would be sitting in the chairs as I walked into the sale barn. I would always stop and sit with him for a few minutes and catch up on whatever it was he was trying to get over on me that day. He had a swing outside of his house and on more than one ocassion when I passed he would be out there sitting. He lived at a stop sign so you had to stop. I’ve never been accused of not wanting to stop and smell the roses so you know I stopped a few times to talk. Stopping at that stop sign or walking into the sale barn will never be the same again for me or any of the people he touched. Hear His voice in the laughter of loved ones and the greetings of strangers.

Last week we had a large burn pile that needed burning. We finally got some rain so I put a match to it. Just so happened it was cold as heck that day. Cold and wet. We weren’t going to be roping anytime soon so we had turned the steers out that morning. When I came back from town after lunch the steers were standing around that fire like a bunch of hunters at the deer camp. I couldn’t help but stop and take a picture and put it on Instagram. I’m not much on hashtags so I just captioned it Campfire Stories. What’s the chance those steers were telling reride stories and wishing they had a bottle of something to keep them a little warmer than the fire would provide.

Hear His voice in the laughter of loved ones and the greetings of strangers. For each new day is His gift to you and those whose lives you touch.

Laughter & greetings,

Big Al

 


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