Monday, 8 September 2008

C = Cowboy Dan

I was a bit of a tomboy when I was very little. Our neighbours called me my dad’s “little shadow” as I could be found following him all over the farm. Then I discovered books. Sometimes my two worlds met.

One of my favourite early books was a small, picture book about Cowboy Dan.

“I’m a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy

and my name is Cowboy Dan

I can ride a horse

and rope a steer

As fast as any man.”

40 years later I can quote that so easily. It must have been read to me many many times. Google tells me it was written by Andy Cobb, and that I am not the only girl who was entranced by this story.

My fifth birthday is memorable, not because it was the day I started school, but because I got a little (fake) leather bolero jacket with a badge that said “Deputy Sheriff” and a holster and toy cap gun. (It was the 1960s after all!) Murray, the boy across the bull paddock, had a similar outfit but he had chaps, and I was so jealous! A broomstick was my horse of choice, but I was always frustrated I couldn’t rope a steer.


  1. There's a little bit of Doris Day in everyone.

  2. Well, they have wild women surfing courses, somewhere (maybe Montana?) they offer wild women roping?

  3. I so want to see a picture of you in that outfit.

  4. Helen: Can I do both? Yeehah ...
    IB: You know, I don't think one exists.

  5. How convenient.

    I'd settle for an adult version.

  6. I think I'd look pretty silly in a little bolero, Deputy Sheriff badge and gun and holster now though, don't you?!


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