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The Cowboy Boot (Again)

Ann sits on her steps in a red and white striped boatneck tee, black jeans, and a pair of black leather cowboy boots.

Almost exactly four years ago I wrote about our Short Cowboy Boot. Four years and over 100 posts later (this is post #103 to be exact) – I am here to tell you that you still really do need these and I really do promise. If you already own them – good for you! – I will tell you that you need another pair.

It’s hard to believe that I have enough words in me to fill 103 posts. Just last month I wrote about chambray – and nearly retold a story that I had already included in that old post on the western boot. I cut it out at the last minute. Thank God, saving myself from becoming the embarrassing lady that tells the same story over and over again. Honestly, is there anything worse than being reminded that you are repeating yourself?  That scary bridge of remembering but not exactly? Two of my daughters have mild aphasia related to their disability. Sometimes they can’t find the exact word they are looking for so they substitute something else that can tell the story. (One example: asking for peppermint tea comes out as “can I have that tea that is like the candies that you have at Christmas” – for Harriet, the word ‘peppermint’ is floating around somewhere next to a Christmas tree.) It can be very clever and interesting and often funny if you have the right attitude. Kind of like going the scenic route rather than the shortest way. It is one of my greatest delights these days.

Rather than be upset because I can’t remember all I have written – I will just lean into the fact that what was told can be re-told. I suppose it is all in HOW we say it… the same stories told in new ways may be just as good, or even better. In the spirit of new, though, we have made a small bit of video that tells the story of these boots. There are so many talented people who work here, which is absolutely the best part of my job. And as hard as it is to watch myself onscreen… I have to say that they made it pretty great. In watching the rough cut, I heard myself saying that the real reason I love these boots so much is that they are both MOD and WESTERN – together. Had I said this before? I thought I was saying something new and original – only to be reminded when I looked at the boots on the website that this has been part of the product description for who knows how many years. Old, new, it is all jumbled in my head. Who cares. Throw it in there with the peppermint tea.

Ann sits on her steps at home in a charcoal cashmere sweater, white flare crop jeans, and a pair of brown suede cowboy chelsea boots.

And that is just about all there is to it. Everyone loves something new. A new message, a new piece in the closet. A new way to express the same ideas and feelings we all have. (Have you read Brené Brown?) A new way to tell the old stories that are dear to our hearts. So… read the old and watch the new. I love these boots. You need them, I still promise. 

From Ann

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