Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest
Sandra Day O'Connor
Sandra Day O'Connor was born in 1930 to a ranching family. The isolated location of their cattle ranch near Duncan, Arizona, made formal education difficult. At first, O'Connor was taught at home by her mother. She read profusely, went on long nature walks, and learned valuable lessons from everyday life. Then she was sent to a private school for girls in El Paso, Texas, where she received the majority of her education. O’Connor later acknowledged, however, that she would have rather spent her days “reading and riding” on the ranch. O’Connor began her career in Arizona state government. In 1981 she was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“MO was a patient and loving mother. She read endlessly to all three of her children. She taught me to read by age four. She taught all three of us to play various card games, including gin rummy, canasta, bridge, hearts, and booray. She was an avid walker. When we were small she would walk with us for hours and look for interesting things to see— a wildflower, a pretty rock, an unusual plant or insect. We would pick up these treasures and carry them home to put in a favorite place to keep forever.” ~Sandra Day O'Connor
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