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Thursday, April 29, 2010

We EXPECT You All To Come To Texas!*

About a month ago I was at a dinner party and somehow the talk turned to Texas. Particularly Texans. There was a general agreement around the table that Texans were unusually proud of their state in a way that folks from other states aren't. (I mean really, have you ever heard someone bragging about the fact that they are from...oh, I don't know...Wisconsin or Michigan?) Actually the general consensus was that Texans were cocky.

Oh really?????

At this point, I piped up and mentioned that I was from Texas. I agreed that Texans were proud, but cocky? I don't know. I mean is it cocky to recognize the beauty of this...

or this

or this

or this?

I don't think so.

I think we Texans are just aware of how good we've got it and like to share that fact. Ricky and I haven't lived in Texas since 2002, but to this day if someone asks me where I'm from I say "We moved here from Nashville...

(BIG pause as I lead to the important part of this sentence!)

but we're originally from Texas!"

I'm not sure why I feel the need to make sure folks know where I'm from, but I do.

As journalist John Gunther has said "If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking?"


I'd love to hear from my readers on this. Any Texans out there who know what I mean? And non-Texans (I'm sorry), how do you feel about Texans/Texas and do you have that same sense of pride for your state?

In closing I'll leave you with a few more good Texas quotes.

"I think Texans have more fun than the rest of the world."--Choreographer Tommy Tune (Hell, yeah, we do!)

"I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could."--popular bumper sticker from the 90's

"American by birth, Texan by the grace of God."--unknown (seen on a t-shirt)

*The title of this post (and yesterday's) is from the Outdoor Musical Drama, TEXAS. If you've spent any time in Texas (especially the Texas Panhandle) you know the show and can probably sing many of the songs. And yes, Texas is just "cocky" enough to have a show named for the whole state. But, hey, so does Oklahoma!

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