The Old Cowboy as you have seen was a typical little boy growing up in the Okahoma oilfields. I mostly had it in my mind that all I wanted to do was be a cowboy. At a rather young age I told my mom that I saw no reason to learn to read all I wanted to do was play cowboys and indians. Peggy Coffman had different plans for her youngest son. Her father had been a school teacher in his younger years and three sisters were school teachers. One of her sisters of all things taught English at a small Texas college. Mom quite often would sit me down at the big dining room table and we had reading and English lessons. What was even worse is that she knew how to diagram sentences. There were times too when I really wanted to sign my own report cards, and not bother either one of my parents with them. My younger sister Becky however was a show off on report card day. So it was normal for me to give up playing cowboys and indians and spend extra time hanging around that dining room table.
When I packed up my boots and trucked off to college much to my surprise I was well prepared. It’s funny that today some of those things I learned back then at home around that table and in the Seminole school sytem come in handy. Yes, I will have to admit, I am not as good with the Kings English today as I was back then. I too am pleased that I did become a pretty good cowboy along the way as well.
As parents Patty and I were blessed with two kids that were like my little sister and their mother. That is especially true of my son Shane who also got his singing abilities from his mother. I did drive the kids a little crazy by constantly asking how things were going, and we read their papers, and went to all of the teachers conferences. Shane the “why” kid along the way came up with some rather interesting Bible questions,which he learned how to find the answers to.
All of this brings us to the question of the day, how much time do you spend with your young students? Can they come to you and ask “why” and expect an answer? I would ask as well, do you just spit out the answer or do you teach them how to find the answer on their own? I guess about this time it is educational to ask, do you know the answers?