We have all had embarrassing moments. We have all heard of the spinach between the front teeth, or tissues stuck to a shoe. However, what about when someone walks up to you and says hello to you by name and then asks about your family or your parents by their names and you have no idea who this person is? Then, while they are making conversation, you wrack your brain trying to remember who they are. You decide to ask about their family and how everything is going while trying to be as vague as possible and yet glean some idea as to who they might be. You don’t want to hurt their feelings but at the same time you want to figure out who they really are. Then, if they say something like “Why don’t you give me a call and we can meet some day for lunch?” your realize you are in a predicament. So you might say, “Do you still live at the same address or is your phone number still the same?” When they say yes and rush off, you are completely lost. In my recent past, I have spoken to a number of people for business. You have no idea how many times they ring and say “Hi Mae, how are you?” I immediately reply “I’m fine, but please tell me your name.” It saves a lot of trouble. You would be amazed at how many people think you will remember their voice! In the “olden days” and even in the old west, people weren’t as mobile, so everyone knew everybody in their community. In Pecos, if someone new came to town, everyone knew he or she was a stranger. When Bad Bart arrived in Pecos everyone knew immediately he was not from anywhere near their town. Plus, by the expression on his face and his unfriendliness, they surmised he wasn’t very pleasant either. In book two,” The Cattle are Restless” when Sheriff Gus’s cousin, Cory, arrives while Gus is out visiting the families living outside of Pecos, Fred Band, Mary’s husband, from Mary’s Cafe’, is wary until he sees the smile on Cory’s face. As you teach your children about strangers and people who may be trusted, I hope you will choose a book from the Good Gus Series.