Hola! Yes, that is I, Ricardo Romero, on the cover of my creator’s book, All My Hopes and Dreams. I believe she made a mistake, because my lovely bride would have been more pleasing to the eye—she is una mujer bella, a beautiful woman. She is not only beautiful; she is the perfect lady in all circumstances—very well bred and educated. Some have criticized her haughty manner, but I have learned she acts this way when she is slightly nervous or a little angry. I believe her actions are to cover a feeling of inadequacy or insecurity.
I confess Cynthia is a much better person than I, too. Oh, I’m not a rogue or anything of the sort, just sowed the youthful wild oats, acting out the growing-up stage of a man. I’ve always tried to do my best running my huge ranch out in far West Texas. I will say, the operation is quite successful.
A few readers have wondered why I did not marry the neighbor girl, Starr Hidalgo, stating that she would be a better match for me. Now, I ask you—why would I marry a woman who acts as a man? One who can ride as fast, shoot as well, run a ranch, kill a snake, and spot fine horseflesh a mile off? One who has developed muscles in her arms and legs? That, my friends, would be like marrying myself.
No, I knew the moment I met Miss Cynthia Harrington in Nacogdoches, she might very well be the woman I searched for. Unfortunately, she would have nothing to do with me, as she still had her eye on a local man. Plus, she was hesitant about my Mexican/Comanche heritage. There again, I learned she acted haughty around me because she did not understand me or who I am.
Oddly, enough, she accepted my marriage proposal rather quickly. I did not question her motives, just took her as my bride and we went home. The next several months proved a real trial by fire for Cynthia. At times, I did not pay enough attention to realize just how difficult circumstances were for her. She carved out a life and place of her own in the ranch community, however, using more grit and spunk than I gave her credit for. She surprised me every day. The first year was a learning experience for both of us, and I’ll confess, I learned many lessons along the way.
Now, I realize what a treasure I have, one who is more precious than diamonds or gold, one who will do her very best and even place herself in danger for those she loves.
I did not love this lady at first, because I didn’t know about love at all. I admired her and coveted her for my own, but love? Well, it took a little swim in the crystal clear springs on the ranch to make me fall under her spell. Then, I taught her to kiss and make love, and she taught me about true love.