William loved cowboy shows. Every day, he came straight home from school, changed into his cowboy boots, jeans and hat and sat down in front of the television. There, he would
trance out on stories of men in black and white hats, righting wrongs and riding off into the sunset.
Inevitably, when supper was ready, his mother would find him sitting on the carpet in the family room, his face illuminated by the blue-grey glow of the picture tube.
"I've told you before William - don't sit so close to the TV! You'll ruin your eyes".
These days, she said it more from habit than any hope he would change ways. Boys were not very different from grown men, and Mrs. Gates was was a practical woman.