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VIP’s #10 – Cliff & Charlene Taylor

20 Nov

Obviously my VIP Blogs are not listed in any order of importance. If they were these two would be right up there toward the top of the list. Cliff and Charlene….that’s my Mom & Dad. I wish you all knew them. They’re two of the most incredible people you could ever meet. They’re now in their 80’s and live only a few blocks from us. I like that. I’ll go there at least a few times a week and have coffee and visit with them. They amaze me in that they’re still telling me stories that I’ve never heard before….and they can do it with nearly total recall.

Now seems like a proper time to write them up as VIPs since just about three days ago they celebrated their 66th Anniversary! Pretty amazing when you think about it. That’s setting the bar up there pretty high for the rest of us Taylors’. Good job, Mom & Dad! There’s no way I could come close to telling all the good qualities they have…and the good qualities they’ve passed along to Mont and I. It’d take a good sized book to get that done. But for the sake of time and space, I’ll try to give you a little insight on ‘who’ they are.

They have been the hardest working pair I’ve ever seen. Dad has always been a cattleman so we learned at a very young age to handle cattle and horses with the best of ’em. Dad had Mont and I doing things that most men couldn’t do when we were just little kids. We learned how to do it right. When I was 12 I started riding colts for other people for pay. I did that successfully, at least at some level, for the next 25+ years. Most of our  lives were spent on a ranch. It was a great life. Besides handling every aspect of the cattle business (receiving, shipping, gathering, doctoring, buying and selling) we learned to build fence, repair windmills and water gaps and about every other thing you need to do to run a ranch the right way.

Mom was the best! I can remember as a little kid, her pulling broomcorn to help make ends meet. She’d come home tired, dirty and worn out but always managed to get us one heck of a supper cooked, without fail. Later on in our rodeo days there were many times we’d roll into the ranch in the middle of the night with a carload of buddies. She’d get up even if it was 2 am and cook us up some chicken fried steak, french fries and gravy. There are retired rodeo guys all over the United States and Canada who spent time at our house and who have the greatest amount of respect for my Mom & Dad. Oh, and incidentally, when we’d come in to the ranch in the middle of the night and have that great meal….Dad was always gracious to let us sleep in ’til 5:30 or 6 in the morning before we started whatever project he had planned for the day…….and there was always a project! Most serious ranchers work their cattle according to the Zodiac signs. Dad always said that when there were a couple of carloads of rodeo friends at the ranch……that the ‘signs’ were right!

They sacrificed, and went without, to haul us to junior rodeos all over Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. They gave us a ‘leg up’ that way and enabled us to have a successful career in professional rodeo. We were both inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008. And in our acceptance speeches we made sure that they got the credit they deserved. In all actuality……they’re the ones who should’ve been inducted.

I could go on and on with those kinds of things but they gave us far more important things than teaching us cattle and ranch work. In my 62 years I haven’t seen them do one person wrong. I have seen them wronged plenty of times but they always handled it with class. They’ve lived their lives with the highest degree of integrity. Their ‘word’ has been their bond in the truest sense of the term. We didn’t go to church but they somehow instilled in us that God was ‘real’.…..and that He was good!

All those things are important but the most important thing of all is that we were loved……in word…..and in deed. We let them down plenty of times with some of the dumb stuff we did….but they hung in there with us, always having our back and always believing in us, and never, ever wavering in their love.

In the final analysis I’d say if, when it’s all over, if I’ve been half as good a person as they have been…..I’ll have done pretty decent.

Cliff & Charlene Taylor, VIP’s to anyone who’s had the good fortune of knowing them!

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7 responses to “VIP’s #10 – Cliff & Charlene Taylor

  1. JoePraeger

    November 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Blessed to know the Cliff Taylor family… straight out of vet school in ’81… moved my wife/little girl(Katie) to first stop (Canadian, TX)…we were introduced to Cliff by Billy McLanahan(at vet clinic)…Cliff teased Katie about going home with him…She jumped at the offer….had a great stay-over on the ranch with Cliff & “that nice lady with the orange hair”! A true testimony to the character of the Taylor’s…that kind of trust & integrity is one of the many ‘God-level’ qualities so consistently shown by Cliff & his family

     
  2. Lona Jones

    November 20, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Happy belated BIG ANNIVERSARY TO TWO NEAT FRIENDS. A COUPLE WE LOOKED UP TO AS HANDSOME AND BEAUTIFUL. SO GLAD WE’VE MADE IT A WAYS. 62 years this past August. CONGRATULATIONS TAYLORS!!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Andy R Taylor

      November 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Lona!!

       
      • Joe Praeger

        December 14, 2015 at 11:16 am

        Andy, Can’t seem to get my posts on WordPress to go thru….probably operator error! I wanted to respond to your ‘what if I’d said no’ blog…on THAT date of your blog, my little girl (and her fiancee) were called Home(12/9/11).In the days following, I wrote down 3 qualities that she always exhibited: being humble, being REAL, walking in LOVE…see the same in you.Thankful you say ‘YES’!…may we ALL finish the race

         
      • Andy R Taylor

        December 14, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Wow, Joe!! That means a lot! Thank you so much! Did not know about your daughter/fiancee!! So Sorry!! AT

         
      • Joe Praeger

        January 18, 2016 at 6:53 pm

        Saw on FB that Cliff has suffered stroke(s)…offering prayer on his/his family’s behalf… may we follow where He leads…love you, brother On Dec 14, 2015 11:31 AM, “Andy R Taylor” wrote:

        > Andy R Taylor commented: “Wow, Joe!! That means a lot! Thank you so much! > Did not know about your daughter/fiancee!! So Sorry!! AT” >

         

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