When you blog, you have decided to share something of yourself with the world. On the other hand the rest of your family has not. One of the things many bloggers do is to give members of their family “blog names.” I find myself saying “my husband” more and more and have decided that after three years of blogging he really does deserve his own “blog name.”
This is a hard chore I have discovered because you want to give them a name that will tell readers something about your spouse. One of the more famous blog spouses is the Marlboro Man. It was given when Ree Drummond of Pioneer Woman fame, began her blog years ago telling about her meeting and courting with her now husband. The name was perfect for her man because her blog read like a romance novel. I am not sure if young women of today get that handle, but women who remember the Marlboro TV commercials, have no doubt what her husband is like. I grew up when westerns were king on TV….Bonanza….Gunsmoke…High Chaparral….Wild, Wild, Wild West….Big Valley…Maverick. Who didn’t have a favorite cowboy? The Marlboro man riding his horse into the western sunset, it was pure fantasy. As an adult woman who has lived in cattle ranching country in the west, I am sure that a cowboy with a wad of chewing tobacco in his cheek is so not my dream man. One of my first beau’s was a smoker and if memory serves me correct, the taste of stale smoke, is second only to coffee breath. So times have changed but I know what Ree was trying to tell us about her man when she gave him that name. Her Marlboro man was hardworking, honorable, rough in a good sort of way and darn good-looking man.
This takes me back to picking a name for my husband. I have finally settled on Mr. Ranger Sir. It comes from the cartoon Yogi Bear. My family helped pick this name, not that they know it. My family constantly refers to my husband as a forest ranger. He works for the Forest Service and the only one in that agency called a ranger is the District Ranger. Everyone else in the agency has another title, but none of them include the world Ranger. Mr. Ranger Sir does not capture all the qualities of my husband like the Marlboro man does, but he loves the outdoors and does work an agency, so I guess it will do. Hence forth my husband will be known as Mr. Ranger Sir.