Interstellar Adventures

February 22, 2006

Bein’ a Texas gal

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:58 am

I’ve been a Texan since the day I was born. I came into this world by way of Houston, making brief hops between Texas and California during my diaper years, then a year in Oklahoma before coming back to my native land at the age of 6.

I lived in the same house for the next twelve years. I had no Texan pride at that time. I didn’t hang out with anyone that wore blue jeans or cowboy boots, I couldn’t stand country music, and I masked my Texan accent as best I could. Especially when I had that British boyfriend.

My first idea that Texans were different came during a summer vacation to England with said British boyfriend. I was more friendly and outspoken than most people there were used to. The bartenders there couldn’t make a margarita to save their lives. And, at a party, when people learned I was from Texas, they asked me to talk like a Texan. I opened my mouth and a very flat accent came out. The look of disappointment spread on their faces. The sad thing was, a girl, originally from Zimbabwe but living in Huntsville, Texas, had a much better Texas Accent that I did. So they turned to her and giggled and laughed at her talk. I was a disappointment as a Texan to them!

I spent a few more years trying to disguise my Texan-ness. Why? I guess I wanted to seem more cosmopolitan, more educated, refined. Then I realized what a load of baloney!

In the car this morning, I was listening to a country song. Senorita Mas Fina by by Kevin Fowler. Something in the tune made me think of Texas. About the way it’s got everything there is. Mountains, rivers, deserts, cactus, forests, ocean, plains. It’s got big city and middle of nowhere. And the middle of nowhere is more than just nowhere. It’s dangerous, desolate, and beautiful. Texas still has that “Old West” kind of feel to it. Rough wood, heat, dust, sweat, boots and jeans. Friendly, laughing, hard-working, adventurous.

Yep, I’m a Texas girl.

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