My Grandkids

Bryce Angell – The outdoors has always been a large part of my life. My father was an outfitter and guide for 35 years and I was there to shoe and care for the horses and help him do the cooking. We took many great trips into the Yellowstone area. Even now that I’m older, we still ride into the Tetons, Yellowstone and surrounding areas. My poems are mostly of personal experience. I am now retired and enjoying life to the fullest. I plan to do more riding and writing.

My grandkids are my pride and joy. They’re growing up too fast. Their presence touches my old heart. I wish this time could last.

As each was born into our clan, more proud I couldn’t be. I hoped they’d grow up good and kind and want to be like me.

I grew up as a cowboy and rode horses every day. It’s what my family did for work and what we did for play.

But when I put them on my horse, their eyes grew wide with fear. They tried it just to please me but sure made their feelings clear.

I’ve watched them bounce a basketball, play soccer all day long. But a cowboy hat they will not wear. Each says it just feels wrong. 

The other day one told me he thinks golfing’s kinda cool. Do I have the nerve to tell him that I call it pasture pool?

So, his dad bought him some new golf clubs. My grandson’s joy was loud. When I see him golfing with his dad, for sure I’m doggone proud. 

I’ll learn to swing a club, I guess, if that’s what it will take. I’ve swung an ax for sixty years and that’s a piece of cake. 

I understand that cowboy boots are taboo on the green. And me in yellow golfing shorts? That might be called obscene. 

My legs are bowed and show the wear from sitting in the saddle, and hanging on for my dear life while cutting out the cattle. 

Do any cowboys play this game? They prob’ly do somewhere, but I think I’ve talked myself right out of golfing anywhere.

Could they use a golf cart driver? I’d sit behind the wheel. Just to be there near my grandkids, for me would be ideal.

But, no matter if they’re at my side or with the golfing crowd, my grandkids are the world to me. They’ve made this grandpa proud.

— Bryce Angell

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