she was an 8 cow woman
perhaps you've heard the story of johnny lingo, a man who lived in the south pacific. the islanders all spoke highly of him. he was strong, good-looking, and very intelligent. but when it came time for him to find a wife, people shook their heads in disbelief. the woman johnny chose was plain, skinny, and walked with her shoulders hunched and her head down. she was very hesistant and shy. she was also a bit older than the other unmarried women in the village, which did nothing for her value.
but this man loved her. what surprised everyone most was johnny's offer. in order to obtain a wife, you paid for her by giving her father cows. four to six cows was considered a high price. the other villagers thought that he might pay two or even three cows at the most. but he gave eight for her!
everyone chuckeld about it, since they believed his father-in-law put one over on him. some thought it was a mistake.
several months after the wedding, a visitor from the united states came to theisalands to trade, and heard the story of johnny lingo and his eight-cow wife. upon meeting johnny and his wafe the visitor was totally taken aback, since this wasn't a shy, plain, hesitant woman, but one who was beautiful, poised, and confident.
the visitor asked about this transformation, and johnny lingo's response was very simple. "i wanted an eight-cow woman, and when i paid that for her and treated her in that fashion, she began to believe that she was an eight-cow woman. she discovered that she was worth more than any other woman in the islands, and what matters most is what a woman thinks of herself."