Today husband and I went to Tractor Supply, which we do often, because we live in the woods. Supplies for rural livin’ abound at TS and we enjoy roaming the aisles checking out the latest in chicken watering technology, etc. Today I was especially excited to go because I had decided I was going to buy myself a new pair of Carhartts. Gardening / cutting down trees / generally working around our property in regular jeans doesn’t work so well and I decided it was time to treat myself to a nice pair of heavy duty Carhartts with the lovely extra layer over the knees, a hammer loop, etc.
We walk into the store and I bee-line for the clothing area. I start wandering through the racks of $9.99 Wrangler jeans with bedazzled ass pockets, vaguely country-esque looking pink button down shirts, and steel toes boots with pink vines wrapping around the ankle shaft. After a few minutes exploration, I came to the realization that there were not one single pair of women’s Carhartts in the store. Across the room was an entire wall of men’s pants in all styles, sizes, colors, etc. But for us? Just bedazzled jeans and some obnoxiously ugly capris.
I almost started crying.
I’m not sure why at this particular moment such a thing affected me to such an extreme, but it did. The store was telling me that I should want to look cute and feminine, and if I needed to actually get anything done, well, that wasn’t my place and I should just let a man do it for me. Extreme, cliche, I know, and I’m sure not what the purchasing manager had at the forefront of their mind when they decided what to order for the clothing section. But it stuck with me. I tried to explain to my husband why it affected me so much. I’m not sure he really gets it, honestly. It made me realize how lucky I am that such moments only happen to me rarely. Many LGBT people, POC, and others deal with tiny little moments of exclusion on a much more regular basis (not to mention big giant moments). It eats away at you. A thousand microscopic cuts.
Whether you’re among the lucky folks who have an “outdoor office” or you’re the type to spend your free time surrounded by nature, the odds are that the wilderness is a fulfilling part of your livelihood. Nothing cures the blues like a walk in the open air. Nothing lightens the soul like sitting by a pond or exploring nearby woods. Get outside. Do something. Make something.
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature– the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter. -Rachel Carlson
Ranch Rodeo Practice Tips From Team Wild ‘N’ Wooly:
1.) Learn to work together! 2.) Having a plan for any changes that may happen. 3.) Know the best technique and leverage to be fast but efficient for handling cattle on the ground to doctor or tie them down. 4.) Communication is key! Teams that talk to each other work much better together. 5.)
We really focus on where everyone’s position is while we are roping a
steer. Everyone has a place and a secondary position in case one of us