Since I’ve known the Cowboy .. he’s taught roping.
He’s practiced roping with friends, on occasion.
But I have yet to see him rope.. or heel is what he usually does, in an actual rodeo.
Despite the fact he essentially dropped out of his career as a team roper to get through his divorce a year ago, to be home more and spend as much time as possible with his kids..
He still made the Minnesota Rodeo Association Finals http://www.mnrodeo.org/ this weekend in Fergus Falls, MN.
He didn’t get notice that he qualified, until I had something on the books already for the weekend.
Very bummed about that.
Now … this brings up a dilemma each person/couple/family has to face and make decisions about on their own. But after years of essentially not worrying all that much about someone else having something on their calendar besides my daughter, that might conflict with my own insane number of commitments .. I wasn’t sure what to do.
I wanted to go..
But at the very least, four other people were relying on me to be not at a rodeo in the middle of nowhere, Minnesota.
Completely torn, I was asked a couple of months ago to make a decision so that everyone knew where I stood and could adjust accordingly. The Cowboy and I had a long talk .. and for a number of reasons, we decided it was best I kept my current commitment.
“I’ll be roping plenty of times from here on out for you to come watch,” said the Cowboy.
I’m looking forward to it.
And while I’m enjoying the much needed down time alone this weekend in-between commitments..
The kids are with him .. so are his folks.
Selfishly, I am wishing I/we were with them too.
It is so easy to get caught up in the chaos of a good life .. the opportunities to go and see and do and be a part of .. and there is never a shortage, especially when you live near so many good friends and family.
This weekend however..
…has been a beautiful reminder of how nice it might be.. to not have a calendar completely booked out for the rest of the year. Or at least time, set completely aside for whatever may come along. Is it possible? I don’t know..
But I may just give it a try.