Tuesday, July 26, 2011

our little cowboy

A few years ago, after I read the book All the Pretty Horses, 
I knew what I wanted to name our son, should we ever have one.
I love Cormac McCarthy's writing style.  Being a literature nerd I had always thought I would name my children after characters in novels I enjoyed, or authors that really spoke to me.

This novel does in so many ways.  It is a story about two men and a young boy escaping across Mexico on horseback.  I am moved by McCarthy's masculine, yet romantic, writing style.  I loved ATPH because of it's male bonding, adventure, heartache, and truth.  I am also a huge fan of westerns, both books and movies.  I love the raw grittiness, as well as the wide opens spaces they are set in.

While I doubt our little Cormac will actually grow up to be a cowboy, I do hope for him an adventurous spirit and honesty.  I hope he enjoys the outdoors.  I hope he falls in love and fights for that love if need be.

Though he might not grow up to be a cowboy...we did get him a horse.  
Well, a rocking horse.
{purchased from Pottery Barn Kids.. thanks Mr. & Mrs. Natarajan!!}
 ...and a cowboy hat.
What he does with them is completely up to him!
For now I get to take bazillions of pictures that I can 
torture him with later...like any good mother would. 
"A goodlookin horse is like a goodlookin woman, he said. They're always more trouble than what they're worth. What a man needs is just one that will get the job done."
{Cormac McCarthy}
"He said that those who have endured some misfortune will always be set apart but that it is just that misfortune which is their gift and which is their strength." 
{Cormac McCarthy}

"You have my whole heart.  You always did."
{Cormac McCarthy}


  1. He has such pretty eyes! Looks like being a mommy is going good for you! I am looking forward to seeing all the pics you take of him. I take a lot with my phone and just love to flip through them at night before I go to bed to see how much Aiden has grown. It's so fun being a mom!

  2. He is just so cute!! My four year old loves to watch old (very old) westerns with his Papa on the weekends :) I think it's so important for us to hold on to that rawness and adventure in such a crazy world. Blessings to you and your adorable family!

  3. Lucky for him, Cormac has an auntie with real ties to actual cowboys (as in current, that's their "real" job, cowboys). I foresee a joint family trip to Wyoming in this little man's future! :-) LY! M

  4. Cormac is just darling! I was wondering how you came up with his name. I hope you keep taking lots of pictures of him, because I just love looking at them.


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