A Cowboy’s Faith: Unneeded, but still appreciated

buchmanhead“Got up from writing a story, two ’til noon, Saturday, pushed three buttons, and nothing.”

Called for assistance from chore woman, who was headed for the truck to feed bawling cows. Frowning, she returned, and verified: “It’s broke.”

Television we got for 100 bucks a decade ago at the discount store was caput, and we couldn’t watch our favorite show.

Fixer-girl couldn’t figure out how to get the foot-and-a-half screen to light, either. So decided, “It’s not worth getting another one,” no more than there is to see anyway, despite a half-dozen, more-less, channels.

But, low, behold, not even a week later, shoppers returned with brand new TV. Looked twice the size the previous, although really don’t know, but big enough picture so blinding cowboy can see.

“It probably won’t work out here in the hills,” we mumbled to our self. Believe it or not, within minutes, just one button touch, big picture, loud enough to hear.

Purchasers wouldn’t reveal the tab, surely more than we’d paid, yet likely far less than some relation has, and others we’ve heard about.

Reflecting, this is just the second picture-box we’ve bought in six-and-a-half decades. Growing up, Uncle Don and Aunt Lu had a static-screened television in the ’50s, and we’d go there Saturday nights to watch the tall marshal, until the grocery store closed after 10.

Then, sometime in the ’60s, Grandma got a TV, too. But, it wasn’t until high school we had a television at home, with one channel, and always something to watch.

After getting married, a television cost money, which we didn’t have. But, family evidently had sympathy, because within half-decade we received a portable black-and-white, as gift for all year’s occasions.

When it blew up, Don and Lu got a new TV, and gave us their old cabinet-enclosed, large-screen, colored television. After it wore out, our parents purchased another TV, and offered us their used one. Years later, we bought its replacement that died last month.

Best thing about the new television, we didn’t miss Saturday noon redheaded-barkeep and her cowboy’s buckskin gelding.

Reminds us of Second Chronicles 32:5: “It was broken down.” Then, Job 21:6: “I can do without.” Because, John 2:25: “He did not need it anyway.” Yet, Acts 1:21: “A replacement will come.” So, First Corinthians 2:12: “We will appreciate it.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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