Friday, November 12, 2010

City Day and a Giveaway

Sometimes a straight back and a smile on my face doesn't put the assurance in my step or the fortitude in my voice that I've been raised to own. Even though we were raised to be humble, we were taught to look anyone in the eye when we spoke to them.

Sometimes I just want to crawl down into my own shadow of Uncomfortable.  A couple of days ago my husband and I rambled past spread out farms, along the grasslands towards the city. I had a doctor's appointment and we had plans to look for a couch afterwards. A couch that I have been looking for for years now. Everywhere I go, I take in what people are lounging on and file it away in my psyche. You think with years of this sort of research, I'd have a good idea what I'd want-not a chance.
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Snaking our way through the maze of buildings and people, we found an exorbitant furniture shop deep in the south end of the city. My husband in his good Wranglers and I in my semi clean shirt, parked the farm truck around the side of the building. There was grass stuck in the tow hooks from jaunts out into the pasture to haul back a hunted deer-I'm pretty sure there was still blood in the box.

My palms started to fret when we were acknowledged with a quick up and down glance by a smart suit in the entrance. Minutes later when we were asked if we wanted bottled water and I prayed the blond haired man I was with wouldn't ask if it was free, I knew we should get out of there.

"Are you looking for a more traditional feel or contemporary style?"

"Country."

I knew my husband was weak kneed at the seventeen thousand dollar price tag on a couch. I was confused. Had someone made a mistake? Uh, folks, do you have a jiffy marker, this tag is mislabeled. You should really get new help.

A wool sweater three sizes two small was more comfortable than that shop. I am reminded to appreciate any soul, no matter what package it comes in. I want to appreciate and embrace our ethnically, culturally, and financially diverse country-I want to be able to beam sincerely at the salesman who smirked at us. Remind him that we are the people who make up our country.

Part of the reason I like blogging is I believe it gives us a better understanding of one another. I simply started to write to let others know about Little Prairie Baby, but now I see how blogging let's us be conscious of others. We see in each other similar feelings, whether good or bad, and the more exposure should breed more tolerance.

Once a month I'm going to have someone stop in here for 'coffee,' to let us have a little look into what their life is like in corner of this world. In celebration of this, I'd like to host a little giveaway before we have our first guest! I have a Norman Rockwell children's Christmas book, a Little Prairie Baby bib, and some yummy hot chocolate. You know the routine ladies and gentlemen-to enter leave a comment telling me who would wear this sweet bib if it showed up at your house. For additional chances to enter, become or let me know that you are a follower, blog about this contest, or grab my button. Please leave separate comments for each entry. Contest closes November 19th at 12:00PM. Best of luck to you!

Walk tall and live brave!



37 comments:

Rach said...

Chey- what a good blog again :) Who would wear that bib at my house you ask?? Spencer would mostly, maybe Jake sometimes... :) Coby SHOULD still wear it alot of times, but he's almost 5 so he would refuse! Maybe even I should wear it!! Sweet Dreams! xoxo

a prairie girl in california said...

I PROUDLY FOLLOW THEE:D

a prairie girl in california said...

and hmmm. who would wear this bib in mine house? I promise Chey. I will save it until my very own babes comes home with me. and he/she/they(lol) will wear it with pride:)

Jolene said...

Cheyenne, you express so well the feelings I always have when I venture into the big city... D. always has to remind me that I have Nothing to be ashamed of (and you don't either) whoever would buy a couch like that is completely crazy. About that cute bib, well my little girl would proudly wear it rather then her ugly Walmart ones.

Cowboy mom said...

oh, unfortunately my baby is getting a little big for that cute little bib, unless of course I give her a little hot chocolate and read her a sweet little Christmas story.

Kacee said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying HI! I'm pretty sure I would have asked for the marker to change the price as well! I won't share what my hubby would have done! =) The Ranch Wife

Shirley said...

I call that type of sales person a shark. Proudly wear your Wranglers and manure stained boots- you probably raised the beef his $12 T-bone steak for supper came from!
Stand tall, and grin when you say "Country!"
If I won that prize, it would go to a local Association that gives to the poor for Christmas. No babies that small in my family! Alas, we too soon grow old.

Shirley said...

And hey- I too follow!

a prairie girl in california said...

and yes. I blogged about this give-away right on my blog!!!:)

Libbie said...

Hi Cheyenne... Oh my I 17,000 dollars! & the poor sales guy probably only made 9 bucks an hour & has to spend all his paychecks on stuffy suits :) I hope you guys BOTH took waters :) Oh & good luck on the couch search!!! It is impossible! Can't wait to see what you get!

Alicia said...

Well this is a generous gift, just in time for Christmas. I follow your blog! Although our tea time is very well missed, I love your writing, and your honesty shines through here.

PACountry said...

I could tell you who would wear the bib, but it is still a secret! ;)

PACountry said...

I love your blog and I am so glad I follow!!!

Gwynie Pie said...

I spent some time reading a bunch of your posts today. What fun. I have laughed out loud. and come to tears as well. You have a beautiful blog and I just love your "style"....cute as a button.
What fun!

I'll definitely be back to see what kind of adventures you get into next.

Oh and those Gypsy Rolls -- will definitely be trying those out. Yum.

Gwyn Rosser @ The Pink Tractor
www.gwynrosser.blogspot.com

Mama Holli said...

Hi there! I am a new follower! I am loving this blog!
Leaving now to check more out!

Mama Holli said...

The bib....oh yes I forgot to mention I would love to put that sweet bib around my Godson's sweet baby neck! His name is Gianni! SO STINKIN CUTE! He is!

Polly said...

Hey Chey! I follow you. My baby's taller than me now, but I know someone who just found out she's expecting. So, if I win, all these wonderful things will be winging their way to England.

I just can't comprehend the price on that couch!


Polly

Julie Harward said...

I would have bolted at the price on that couch too! If I won this, our little Sophia..who drools all day long..would most likely be the wearer of it because she needs it! LOL (And I do follow, and I am so glad I do) ;D

Sheila said...

hey neighbor..... ^_^ i shrieked with laughter at the wranglers & grass on your truck! how well i know the feeling...Christopher would so luv to mess up that cute bib at my house. great blogging you have!

CCC said...

Everytime I head to the city, I need to grow a new backbone. Then I remember the day we had just bought a box of chickens at Picture Butte's Saturday auction. We stopped in the city to look at stoves (the box of hens in the back of the truck). The salesman inside eventually came up to us and asked "Is that your chicken?" To my horror when I turned around and looked out the big front window there was one sitting on top of the spare tire mounted on the front of the farm truck. What's worse, when we went out to retrieve the errant chicken it lead us on a merry chase all over the parking lot. What those city folk must have thought, eh? Aaah life!

Colleen said...

Hi Cheyanne!
That price is absolutely outrageous! My jaw dropped...I can't imagine paying that for a couch!! As I was reading your post, I really felt sorry that you were made to feel bad by the salesperson in that shop. So sad that there are those who look down their noses at others like that.
I can tell from your blog and writing you are a person of warmth and integrity and honesty. Don't ever let anyone make you feel less than that!

Your giveaway is so lovely and the hot chocolate looks delicious but I'm afraid, living over the sea as I do, I'll have to content myself with just looking.:)

Hope you have a lovely day!!

Love Colleen

Grandma K said...

Reminds me of the day in the summer when the JD Salesman and I went shopping for a twin over double bunkbed for the Prairie Chalet. It was a "fine furniture" store or so the sign said. One step in and I wanted out. The Salesman was nonchalant and cool as he made our request. So we looked and checked out the catalogues. We were handed a card that said the price would be $1700 and that was without mattresses. So we left! and bought at a furniture warehouse complete with mattresses for half the price!
Yes, I am thankful to be a country Grandma with dusty shoes, dusty truck and straw in the cab.
The bib? hhhmmm the youngest grandson would be insulted to wear such so I think I would put it on a favorite teddy bear for the grandkids to play with!

Sue said...

hey cheyanne... i am also a follower of your blog and i love it!! and you wonder who will wear the bib at my house?? well my dear lil one still waiting to meet this big world:) wishing you a happy day!!! Sue

cottageprims said...

My little nephew would wear the adorable bib.It would be part of his christmas present.Soo fun.Hugs!~Amy

cottageprims said...

I'm a new follower.~Amy

cottageprims said...

I will post your giveaway to my blog.Stop in for a vist if you get a chance.~Amy

Jennifer said...

The new baby would wear it. :)

Jennifer said...

I'm a follower!

Jennifer said...

Annnd, I'm grabbin' yer button. ;)

The Farmer's Trophy Wife said...

My little (but growing fast!) baby boy would love to wear that...we LOVE the other one you made us!! I follow you faithfully and if/when you are out, act like you are supposed to be there...'cause you do! Love ya!

The Farmer's Trophy Wife said...

And will be telling the world about your contest on twitter and facebook....anything to get another shot at this fab prize!!

Sask farmer girl said...

I am a new follower and love your blog. If that Bib arrived at my house I would be giving it to my new niece or nephew due in December as all my babes are too old.

Ranch wife said...

Loved the post! Snooty people are snooty people no matter where they are I suppose. I can relate.

Hope you get your dream couch soon....but wow what a price on that one!

Cannot imagine spending that much money on something the dog will sleep on and DH will put his manure covered boots on when he takes his afternoon nap. HA


~M~

The Hatch's said...

Love having coffee with you...soon we shall do so in PERSON!! Yay! (I'm home Dec. 13 by the way). Love the shopping story!

G said...

Hey There Lady,
Yup, I'm entering your contest. All I got going for me is that Buster would wear the bib. Heck yes!! Only you know how funny that is.

I'm only a follower by google account b/c I suck at this whole blogging thing and well honestly don't really know how to become a true follower and I have no idea how to grab your button. Didn't see any buttons laying around...
I hope your laughing at me b/c I am.

Great post! Love it;)

G said...

Okay, so I think I'm a follower now... i think! bahhaha I laugh at myself;)

Trish said...

My 2-year-old little prairie son would happily wear a bib with such fun pictures!

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