Fifteen years ago or so we used to go to Santa Fe every year for the 4th of July and stay at Bishop's Lodge while my husband attended a professional meeting of anti trust lawyers. I got to do the spouse routine and go to cooking classes and spa treatments. Every annual trip included a visit to the Santa Fe Opera for a spectacular evening under the stars with amazing music and a few museums like the Georgia O'Keefe museum.
Besides visiting the wonderful restaurants like Geronimo's or the Pink Adobe, we found a great store called Back at the Ranch. They have the most amazing - or even - awesome - cowboy boots. I bought my first pair that was black with colored flowers. Then I bought a pair of brown and white boots and they were followed by a pair of black and white boots. Still I eyed a pair of boots that celebrated New Mexico. Apparently, the governor of New Mexioc and former Secretary of Energy - Bill Richardson - had a pair. After two years of admiring them, I decided that I needed them. I had to decide whether I really was "entitled" to them since I don't live in New Mexico and I am not from there. Still - I worked for Bill Richardson when he was at the Department of Energy so I kind of had a connection to New Mexico. Most important - I wanted those boots. I bought them. Once they arrived, I doubted my judgment in buying them.
Fast forward ten years - and I still have them - and I still love them. It reminds me of wonderful trips to Santa Fe - and New Mexico - and all the things I still want to do there - like go to the Albuquerque balloon festival. Life is long - I am still planning a trip to Albuquerque some September!
I think that everyone needs a few things that are very special and provide that special lift - just because! These boots have the New Mexico flag, balloons celebrating the festival in Albuquerque, road runners, chili peppers, turquoise and Indian bowls. Everything about the boots celebrates a great state!
My boots are a great conversation starter when I meet new clients and a constant joy for me. Isn't that what special things should be? I've decided that my judgment in buying the boots ten years ago was actually a good idea - because I love these boots and they make me happy!