Over the Labor Day weekend I had a chance to meet a real cowboy! Not just another cowboy but a 100 year old cowboy!
When his daughter called me and asked if I could photograph their event, I hesitated. First of all it was a holiday weekend. Secondly, it was a holiday weekend. lol But I couldn’t resist the fact that I had not ever photographed a 100 year old’s birthday party before and I am a sucker for firsts!
As I traveled to the destination, I began to worry that perhaps because it was a holiday weekend that there may not be very many in attendance. Boy, was I wrong! This cowboy certainly is loved. Family showed up in the droves, traveling far and wide to celebrate Murl.
Murl was a farmer his whole life. Soybeans and wheat were his crops of choice. It was only fitting turning into the rustic venue setting soybean fields lined the drive.
Once inside, Murl stood for over 2 hours greeting his guests. His level of physicality and mental acuteness had me mesmerized all evening. From what I hear, he had another admirer when Governor Bob Dole gave him a phone call congratulating him on his centurion mark. Murl told him all about farm life, his service in the Army during World War II, politics and legislation.
Murl has seen a lot in his lifetime. He has loved his family, loved his country and has seen great loss. Not only did he lose his wife but he also lost a twin brother named Purl. It takes a strong man to endure two large losses as such and keep on going!
Murl, my hat goes off to you! Happy 100th Birthday. 🙂
P.S Someone asked Murl if we were going to have another party dress next year. He said no, we should probably wait until his 105. 😉 You know what? I believe he’s going to make it.