My father is fond of a phrase: "That would be the easy way, but it wouldn't be the cowboy way." And while it sounds a little nonsensical, you have to understand that my dad grew up watching Roy Rogers on TV. And Roy Rogers could always be counted on. Dad is no cowboy - he's lived in the suburbs his whole life - but he's always been responsible. He's the one who planned family camping trips perfectly, the one who worked 50-60 hour weeks for years when my brother and I were little and my mom wasn't working. He's the one who helped his aging mother with bills, legal forms, and hospital visits. He's always advised me not to take the easy way out, and to this day, when I feel like cutting corners or giving up on something, I hear, "That would be the easy way, but it wouldn't be the cowboy way."
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Isabella K. from Arizona MAY 28, 2009
My dad is the same way, he is so good to our family and very responsible with running our business. I love him very much for teaching us four girls the importance of being responsible in everything we do. Thanks Dad!!
Patricia T. from Pinal County, AZ JANUARY 24, 2009
Roy Rogers was my childhood hero, and also for my son, and now my grandson. We have collected almost all of his old movies, because these teach how to live a better life - "the Cowboy Way."
Shay S. from Brooklyn NOVEMBER 28, 2008
I guess in some way we can all see a little bit of our fathers in this story.
Jeanine G. from Durham, NC AUGUST 10, 2008
Sometimes words that seem "nonsensical" are the most memorable. Thank you for sharing your memory.
Leke A. from Lagos DECEMBER 18, 2007
I have learned an inspiring lesson today.