I met Henry in the last few years of his life. Knowing him had a profound effect on me.
His father let him finish primary school
before putting him to tending the stock in the 30 miles of range they roamed. 13 years old and most of his nights were spent with his horse in a primitive camp.
At 16 he worked full time logging in the Arkansas piney woods. His 20's were spent in the west Texas oil
Henry was almost almost 40 when a bullet in his neck changed his world. Paralyzed from the neck down for almost a year, he drug himself out of bed
and back to the woods that he loved.
50 lbs less muscle than the man he used to be, he was 150 lbs of barbed wire.
I have never better judge of a mans character. With an uncanny knowledge of botany and wildlife, an unerring sense of direction, he tried to say he didn't have an education. I was always quick to correct him.
This is the strength of our stock that makes me proud to be a man.
My point is that if had taken him at face value I would have only seen a skinny red neck.
I am proud that I do not feel the need to ridicule someone who has put forth the effort that HR and his son have.
From the reports it sounds like the FH needs to be dockside for a while yet.
It would be nice to hear that all this publicity helped achieve a positive end to this saga.