Friday, February 4, 2011

Crowning Moments!

It was a Wednesday night in November, nothing much going on, an ideal night to go watch the team roping at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds arena.  My BYU roommate, was going to go meet a friend of a friend and wanted me to go along.  I thought it might be fun and was getting all decked out, (you know, like you used to do when it was all about you!) Finding a cute cowboy to date was what she was after, and I figured maybe I'd find my own.  One of the guys in the Animal Science department with us at BYU worked on the church ranch in Florida with this particular roper my roommate wanted to meet.  This gave us an in.

As we walked into the arena, the dust was settling as another team of ropers had taken their turn.  Paul, our friend from the department, met us at the gate.  The roper we were supposed to be meeting was just getting ready to rope. The clatter of the chute opening brought our attention to the action.  Out flew 700 pounds of wild ropin' steer, followed closely by two cowboys swinging their ropes and reaching full throttle in one stride.  The steer was fast, but the horses were faster.  The header threw his 30-foot lasso, caught both horns, took his dally and turned a hasty left.  This aided the heeler in getting in position.  He threw his loop, caught both back feet, and simultaneously the two ropers faced in, and stretched that animal out: a perfect execution!  It was a very impressive first meeting.  The header was Richard, the cowboy we were supposed to be meeting.

Two weeks later, I got a phone call from Richard asking me to go horseback riding with him.  Needless to say, things were a little tense around the apartment for a few days.  My roommate was holding a little bit of a grudge against me.  (Can I help it if I'm so cute?)

We went riding up Spanish Fork Canyon.  When we got up to the top of the mountain, the snow was pretty deep and our horses were sinking up to their bellies.  Richard was in front of me.  I got off my horse and was able to stand on the snow.  Because the horses were lower than usual, I asked Richard if I could do a leapfrog jump up on his horse.  He made room and I jumped up behind him. This is when my "Crowning Moment" occurred.  When I landed, we were pretty much nose to nose.  That left only one thing for Richard to do....  That was our first KISS.

As they say, the rest is history.  Six kids later, one of my favorite places to kiss Richard is still on the back of a horse and it's still a "Crowning Moment"!
Richard and Melanie
Married March 7, 1997

13 comments:

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  2. What a FANTASTIC story!! I love it and I love both of you!!You were made for each other...definitely!

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  3. So meet-cute I nearly died! Your story could have been written for one of those Sweet Dreams books that I was so fond of in my early teens. Thanks for sharing. x

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  4. Giddyup! Very cute story. Everyone loves a cowboy.
    Visiting from The Fibro. :)

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  5. Love this! Look at you guys - the very picture of the American dream. Love it. And yes, you were extremely cute - how could he resist?

    Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro.

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  6. You are most definitely living every young cowgirls dream! Love the romantic story and all your fantastic photos. Glad I saw you on the Rewind.

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