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The Texas side of things-June

published: June 10th 2022
by: Jim Banner

Two very important things in my life will be happening this Friday, June 10th. By the time you read this read this column, I will be married to a wonderful person by the name of Vicki Moore.

Hopefully, you have had the chance to meet her at one of the sales I’ve attended over the past three years, but if you haven’t, I’m sure you will. I can honestly say she has been warned by a whole host of people (some of whom I even call my friends) about me, but she surprised me when she said yes to be my wife.

Most of you know a lot about me because of the things I have written about in my column the last 30 years but there are still some things you might never know. I grew up in the country near Castell, Texas approximately half-way between Llano and Mason, Texas. I attended school in Llano, graduated from Texas A&M and my whole life has been about the cattle business. Vicki on the other hand, grew up on the eastern part of Llano County, she also went to school in Llano and unfortunately graduated from the other university located on the Colorado River…the University of Texas. The two of us started first grade together and finished high school together and were even boyfriend/girlfriend in elementary school until he said she didn’t have time for me. She is an excellent shot with a gun, she skins her own deer…no she doesn’t, I didn’t say she was perfect…and she, too, likes cattle. But the best part about Vicki is this -- she is the most beautiful person inside and out that I’ve ever known.

So, for the last three years, I’ve been testing her limits trying to find out exactly how much she will actually put up with me and where her breaking point truly lies. We have worked cattle

together (that was nearly a deal breaker) but to my surprise or maybe delight, she never got upset with me. Next, I bought her a pair of new work gloves for Christmas and she thought they were perfect for spraying mesquite. I’ve had her feed the cattle during the ice storm of 2021, shred weeds on the tractor and she’s still the prettiest ranch hand I’ve ever had. I am so blessed to have someone like her, now in my life that makes me laugh, keeps me entertained and sometimes confused, but nothing that we can’t work out.

The next special event happening this Friday is my mother’s 90th birthday! Words cannot appropriately describe how blessed my life has been for the last 90 years. Mom is the matriarch of our family; she has always been the one we have leaned on in time of crisis and she always knows how to guide us through it. She has encouraged me when I had given up, and at times she has done without just so we could have things better. She is a darn good cook, a wonderful wife for over 50 years and I have been truly blessed to call her my mother. So happy, happy birthday mom.  You know I will always be there for you and love you very much!

This will be our last issue in June and our next issue is scheduled for July 8th. We will be taking a little time off to rest our weary souls and get ready for the fall sales because we aren’t as young as we used to be. We hope that the rest of June gets cooler and wetter and hope that everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July from all of us at Southern Livestock Standard.

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