Remember this Steyn quote I posted yesterday?
They were young, but they were not children. Five years ago, I listened to President Obama explain from Brussels that the deserter he brought home from the Taliban in the days before the D-Day anniversary was just a “kid”. In fact, he was 28 years old. I remember walking through the Canadian graves at Bény-sur-Mer a few years ago. Over two thousand headstones, but only a handful of ages inscribed upon them: 22 years old, 21, 20…But they weren’t “kids”, they were men.
Yeah, well, about that—and about how much more bold and manly the young boys of yesterday were than the sniveling, weepy, ambi-gender SJW dorksnorts we’re afflicted with today.
Louis (sometimes styled Louie) Abernathy was born in Texas in 1899 and Temple Abernathy was born in 1904 in Tipton, Oklahoma. Their father was cowboy and U.S. Marshal Jack Abernathy.
In 1909 the boys rode by horseback from Frederick, Oklahoma, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and back. Louis was nine, and Temple was five.
When the boys completed their Santa Fe journey, they began planning a cross-country horseback ride to New York City, again by themselves, to meet Theodore Roosevelt when he returned from his trip to Africa and Europe. They made that trip in 1910. They were greeted as celebrities, and rode their horses in a ticker-tape parade just behind the car carrying Roosevelt. While in New York, the boys purchased a small Brush Motor Car, which they drove, again by themselves, back to Oklahoma, shipping their horses home by train.
In 1911, they accepted a challenge to ride horseback from New York to San Francisco in 60 days or less. They agreed not to eat or sleep indoors at any point of the journey. They would collect a $10,000 prize if they succeeded.
After a long trip, they arrived in San Francisco in 62 days, thereby losing the prize but setting a record for the time elapsed for the trip.
In 1913, the boys purchased an Indian motorcycle, and with their stepbrother, Anton, journeyed by motorcycle from Oklahoma to New York City. This was their last documented adventure.
Now, admittedly the Abernathy kids were unusual even for their own more rugged era, sure. But here’s the thing: the manliness gap between them and their contemporaries was nothing NEAR as wide as the one between them and today’s pathetic piss-boys. Even at 10 years old, these boys out-masculine the pitiful excuses for men you’ll find in present-day college dorms, offices, or fancy-schmancy workout emporiums by a YUUUGE margin. Sadly, mass societal emasculation is what you’re buying into when first you accept the FemiLeftist premise that all masculinity is toxic, and start raising your sons accordingly.
(Hat tip for the steer to OB-KT)