Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 3-3-12
Back in January I was invited to Eaton Elementary school in Eaton, Colo., to speak to Ms. Wagner’s first grade class about cowboys.
I gladly went and took with me some cowboy gear such as my “wild rag” (scarf), boots, hat, spurs, rope, chaps and brush cuffs. The kids had the option of wearing their cowboy clothes for that day and I believe that most, if not all, did so.
I told a couple of “cowboy stories” and did a poem as I was explaining my gear and how and why I used it. These kiddos were extremely attentive and well behaved and some of them had relatives that lived on farms and ranches so they were a little ahead of the others. We had a question and answer session later and what fun it was!
I also took them one of my “Hoots” cowboy calendars for their classroom. As could be expected, Ms. Wagner had the kids draw me a picture and write me “thank you” notes. I would like to share a few of the notes with you gentle readers. I wish that I could share all of them, however time and space just won’t allow it at this time.
From Maddie … “Dear Jack, thank you for coming to our classroom. Thank you for telling us stories and tales. Can you bring your son next time? How old are you?”
Karli wrote … “Dear Jack, thank you for telling us two stories and a poem. I liked your chaps. I liked your rope. I liked your boots, and your hat and your vest.”
Ryder wrote … “Dear Jack, thank you for showing us your chaps, rope, vest, spurs and cowboy boots. I liked your brush cuffs and your stories.”
Teagan had this to say … “Dear Jack, thank you for the calendar. You draw good pictures. I liked your chaps. I liked the hat and the color. You have a cool rope. You are a good guy.”
One more, Ella wrote … “Dear Jack, thank you for coming to our classroom and giving us a calendar. I had lots of fun. Love, Ella.”
Well, folks I have to remind you that these are just first graders. Their penmanship was very, very good and some of the pictures they drew were excellent!
Little ones like this give me such hope for the future with their curious nature and their obvious honesty. I wrote recently about what a cowboy is or isn’t in my opinion. I may have hurt some feelings, but certainly hope not.
I will add this to that column about what a cowboy is … these young kids involved in Little Britches Rodeo or any organization like it, in my opinion are “cowboys and cowgirls in the making.” God bless ‘um!
Thank you Ms. Wagner for letting me share with those precious kids of yours and kids, thank you VERY MUCH for all the hard work you put into the thank you notes and the pictures.
Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. y’all, all y’ all!
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