Rodeo Time in Houston
Every year I attempt an Old West or Cowboy theme around Houston Rodeo time.
Horseshoes... Stirrups and Cowboys
The stuff on the Quilt at the Senior Center got some attention, while we waited for others to gather.
Boots and Hats
The stitching makes the boots decorative, but also sturdier.
We talked about the history of cowboys. For some of my Latino friends it was fun to discuss the Mexican Habeneros and what they taught the North American cowboys about horsemanship and roping skills.
There were plenty of stories of horseback riding from those who grew up on farms. But Dot had to remind us that No, her papa would not let her ride a horse! I never grow tired of hearing about Dot and her Papa, who protected her in every way.
What I Learned: I love this generation with their connection to the Old West. Whether they can relate from farm memories or watching old Westerns, they have an appreciation. I really wonder how many children play cowboy, today?
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.