Texas. The Lone Star State. The 28th State admitted to the Union. My home state. When a Texan moves to another state in the country he or she will generally say “I live in (fill in the city or state) but I am from TEXAS”. Because they are Texan first you might hear, “I am from Texas. I live in (Houston, Dallas…etc)” . Texans are strong, tough, kind, generous people. And, proud. Very proud. I have traveled the country and have yet to see another state as proud of their state flag and state shape as Texas. The Texas flag and the shape of Texas is everywhere.
Sometime around 1986, the Texas Highway Commission established the “Don’t Mess with Texas” campaign. Many states in the USA used signs on trash cans and television commercials to “Pitch In!” Texans were encouraged through advertisements, highway signs and other media to keep their state clean in their own unique and independent way. “Don’t Mess with Texas” was born. This anti-littering slogan took on a dual meaning over the years. It has come to also mean don’t mess with Texans and don’t mess with their state. This unofficial motto is as prominent as the state flag. You will see the motto on just about anything from coffee mugs and shirts to hats and potholders.
Recently we visited family and friends in Texas. A wonderful time was had by all. We ate all the foods we have missed. Oh boy did we eat! Not only did we visit many of our favorite places but we caught up with family and friends over several wonderful barbecues. I miss Texas BBQ and really miss really good Tex-Mex food. Texans gather and resolve the world’s problems over good, hardy food. And yes, the tales are tall and the yarns are long but, that is the way it is in Texas. I guess maybe you have to live there to get it.
Scenes from around South Texas