The Everyday Cowboy
By: Alexis Parks/ Junior Writer
The sun shined bright on the backs of the characters as sweat dripped down their backs. They hopped on their horses for a nice ride around the mountains as they border the famous national park. The grass was high and green as the horses trotted through on the nice leisure ride. As things were different on the ranch, they didn’t have to worry about masks and hand sanitizer but more importantly the lives of the cattle and the money being made. The cowboys came back to the little world of the ranch while going over the hills. The ranch was covered in money, from top of the line equipment to buildings for every important person on the ranch. As they saw a village of white, the cowboys entered their little home, the bunkhouse. As they walked into the bunkhouse, they ran to their little bed stacked upon each other like little brothers. The dark room had many stories from the holes in the walls to the stickers strategically placed on the posts of each bunk. The one open room held all of their belongings and was their only source of relaxation from all of the work; it was outdated and not decorated as men never care about that sort of thing. The bathroom looked like a rustic boys locker room with nice wood walls yet stalls for showers and of course more than one toilet. The bunkhouse was lived in but neat as they needed structure anywhere they could get it. As they got out of bed they grabbed their hats and drank some coffee before the rooster crowed, they always walked out to begin their day with the sun peaking above the mountains. They walked to each pen to feed the horses and then did their rounds of all of the cattle grazing in the never ending fields. They did their work with no struggle and then met with the head cowboy to discuss what the plan was today, just like everyday. On repeat. The cowboys had found this place as a search of hope and structure and now all they can define themselves is by the hat they wear everyday, even when they head to town. Who wouldn’t want to become a cowboy?