As we get ready for the county fair next week... my little gal took first place today in the Senior Archery division of 4H Shooting Sports for our county. That means she'll take her blue ribbon and trophy home and head to the Ohio State Fair in August to represent Clinton County.
We've tried to raise our daughter with a simple guiding philosophy... we want to "Raise a Christian daughter who wants a man in her life, but never needs a man in her life." Now there are a lot of facets to that philosophy, but I'm glad to say she's turning out to be quite a gal.
Gals, I know some of you take care of yourselves, but I've also met some of you who need taken care of. As I watched my daughter tune and make adjustments on her bow the other day... it was a bit of pride and sadness at the same time... one more thing she can take care of herself... the pride... and one more thing she sure doesn't need me for... the sadness.
There's also another feeling... a feeling of peace and contentment. I know that this gal can take care of herself. I know she has abilities, knowledge, common sense, and most importantly... confidence and a good dose of self-esteem. Nobody, especially a guy who has no clue what chivalry is, is going to walk over her... make her helpless and dependent... abuse or take advantage of her... at least not without some quick repercussions... plus some gunpowder and lead.
I also know that while it may pain her at times waiting and wondering who the right guy is... whatever guy she allows into her life will be a pretty decent fella as she has her priorities straight and it will take a good guy to appreciate and accept a strong, intelligent gal for rodeo partner to ride life without gettin' thrown.
I'm prayin' she'll keep hitting her mark in life... but make no mistake, this ain't no tom-boy... this is an All-American, God-Blessed, Country Gal who bested the boys at the shootin' range today and will be spiffin' up and lookin' pretty as one of three Junior Fair Queen finalists on Sunday.
I was recently reflecting on a lot of gals in bad and unfortunate situations that have crossed our paths over the years... but thankfully I'm seeing more and more gals standing up and taking care of themselves and their families. There's a lot to learn as our society and families, in many cases, has not really prepared gals well for being on their own in a world filled with a lot of guys who should be livin' in caves.
Gals, just a thought to think on... make sure if you have a man in your life, especially a man who will be your kid's father or even around your kids... just... make sure it's because he's wanted, not needed... (If a particular gal who knows us is wondering if this is partly directed at her... well, if the shoe fits.)
...and guys remember... No damsels in distress 'round here.