If you've read my previous post, you know I was a kid who dreamed of being a cowgirl. (Thwarted dreams - how they shape us. Ha!) I can picture myself with six guns and hat, riding hellbent-for-leather over the western prairies - delivering the mail, pony express style - pigtails flying in the breeze. (For whatever reason I always picture myself with long pigtails flopping from under my hat. Hey, it's my dream.)
And of course, if you stumble across a lost cowboy wandering about looking for a horse. Wouldn't it be handy if you had an extra?
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the epitome of happy trails to you. I loved watching the Saturday serials at the movies. Nobody rode a horse like Roy, he was the best.
And what are the career aspirations of today's little girls? I shudder to think.ReplyDelete
Carol: Me too. Although I imagine there are plenty of little girls out there wanting to be cowgirls, still. Or pilots. Or archaeologists. Or artists...At least, I hope so. :)ReplyDelete
Dancers, actors, singers -- lots of performance art from around my way and friends who are youth.ReplyDelete
Artists is another aspiration of a nearly-five-year-old next store.
One young friend is now in nursing school, another graduating from Columbia Teachers College (with all A's)
No cowgirls among them.
Good question to ponder through.
Kathy: It's just scary who and what many young girls today look to with admiration - who they admire.ReplyDelete
I think girls, especially, need better role models than vampires and Hannah Montana-type teen bimbos.
Inspite of that, I think there will always be girls who dream big. :)
Oh, yes, definitely good role models are needed.ReplyDelete
I see young women in performing arts in their school plays and musicals, and I hope for the best for them, knowing it's a cruel, competitive world out there.
It's bad enough to read in the NYT yesterday that 10% of high school students here do not get into any of the high schools they aim to attend. A heartbreaking article to read, looking at their faces, knowing their hopes, and all students should get into a high school that's good.
Need better and more good public schools, too, and colleges at costs they can afford.