My mom was an excellent cook, but Sundays were extra special. She made a roast surrounded by vegetables or baked chicken with all the trimmings, and she always made plenty of food and extra biscuits in case someone came home with us to share a family meal after church. Those were delicious main meals, rich with what my parents called the best food, family and fellowship, but as much as I enjoyed those Sunday dinners, my favorite “meal” was always that evening.
Sunday night was family time for us. Mom sliced apples and popped a huge bowl of popcorn. That was our evening meal as we watched Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, or some similar program. It was many years later before I realized that all the cowboy shows from that period contained lessons of THE CODE OF THE WEST.
In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, One-Word Personal Themes, and general plans for being more aware and doing better, I’m adding The Code of the West to the mix:
1) Live each day with courage. 2) Take pride in your work. 3) Always finish what you start. 4) Do what has to be done. 5) Be tough but fair. 6) When you make a promise, keep it. 7) Ride for the brand. 8) Talk less and say more. 9) Remember that some things aren’t for sale. 10) Know where to draw the line.
If you don’t have a resolution or a theme word—or even if you do—which of the ten code lessons would you choose? Slice an apple, eat a bowl of popcorn, and give it some thought.