I never will forget when I was 5 years old, my parents taking me from what I knew as a city life (which wasn’t a big city, just a country type city) to a pure country life. My dad was a Land Surveyor and worked for coal companies because in Southeastern Kentucky, that’s what type of work was around. I never will forget being introduced to the neighborhood kids and all of them introducing me to actual mud, creek water and dirt!
The first time being introduced to mud was when the house was being moved onto the property. Which in Eastern Kentucky almost everyone lived in trailers and double wides. But back in 1978, they were called Moble homes. The septic tank was being dug and the my new best friend, which was a boy by the name of Tommy Roark started climbing up this hug mud hill that was pilled up by the backhoe. I watched as he climbed this hill and his feet sunk in and disappeared. All I could see was his thighs because the rest of his legs was eaten by all the mud. He hollered to join him. I remembered thinking, can I really do this? Because this was a first for me. That is, getting all muddy like that. I thought to myself, I have to do this. I don’t want to look like a wimp. So here I go. Treking up this hill and my legs being eaten alive by this mud. The more I went up, the more I thought how much fun is this!!! I had so much fun and at that moment, a country girl was being born!! The boy introduced me to crawdads, minners, chopping heads off chickens to eat, killing hogs that was raised to eat, blackberry picken and shooting squirrels. I was definitely a country girl and thankful that I was raised as one.
When President/ Founder Bridgette Holbrook came up with Wildlife Women, there was no way I was going to miss out on this opportunity to join. My love for the outdoors can be shared with other ladies who wasn’t brought up the way I was or who was brought up as a country girl but not given the same opportunities as me. This also meant that I could learn even more and learn different things in the outdoors that I wasn’t given the opportunity to do.
Wildlife Women has opened my outdoors world to so much more than I could ever imagine. I have made so many friends and learned far more than I could have ever expected. When Hometown 24 TV station out of Hindman, Kentucky approached us and asked to do a reality show and for us to film everything we did, we all were so excited. Not because we thought we would be famous, but because it was a tool for us. A tool to spread the word more and let people know what we do and what we are about. As the Launch date is approaching, we are excited and can’t wait to share our passion with everyone else. But as my excitement builds, it’s quickly let down. As people see the commercials and social media posts, right here where Wildlife Women was born, they laugh and start a conversation with there is that WILD woman. Then the next words out of their mouths are, “She is famous you know, running around and playing in the outdoors and filming herself.” Do they not realize what our show is about? Do they not realize what we are about? Do they really think we are just a bunch of women running around with cameras and trying to act and be pretty? They have tresspassed on my excitement just like a tresspasser has crossed a property line. The feeling you get from the laughter and the jokes is enough to make you feel like all the time and effort you have put in, is a waste. Just like you take the time to plant your food plots and making all the plans ahead to bring in the deer and get them healthy and a better place to be able to hunt. They have now crossed property lines and tresspassed on your property and killed that trophy buck that you have nurtured and brought in for your ultimate hunt of the year. They will never understand unless they watch the show. Which I’m sure they won’t because they seem to think that it’s all about a bunch of women just trying to be pretty and running around trying to be famous.
I’ve come to realize that everyone will never understand what you do or what your about unless they really want to know the real you and support what you do. So for all you out there that takes the time to even read my blog and that really supports our organization, THANK YOU! You are the ones who continues to encourage me and the other ladies of Wildlife Women that we are doing something right. That we are keeping our passion going and that we are able to pass our passion of the outdoors onto the next generation and keep what we have grew up loving going.