But Texas wants me, anyway.
Texas and I have been talking.
Crossing the Louisiana state line heading west on Wednesday, I told her thanks for hosting my kids for the next few months. They’re third-degree hungry for some real hospitality, and if any place knows how to offer some up with a side of sauce, it’s the Lone Star State.
Truth is, I haven’t had a lot to say to Texas for about a decade, when one of her favorite sons moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and made a few global decisions that broke my heart. She admitted I wasn’t the first to make the point. But she quickly reminded me that long before that point in time, she most graciously had given me the Hill Country with its blue-bonnet carpets, walks along the sea wall at Galveston, seasons of South Padre memories and Austin City Limits. Not to mention one funny, beautiful, bad-dog niece from Lake Livingston who says “Hell, yeah,” like she means it.
My turn: you also gave me both my exes.
Her turn: and Lyle Lovett.
Wow. This lady plays for keeps. But I guess after 175 years, she’s earned that edge.
Regarding Lyle: let’s just say I understand how the gorgeous and talented Julia Roberts stepped into a south Texas whirlwind and came out married to this lanky musician. [Not to worry, Al, we’ll always have San Antonio. ;-)]. In fact, it was probably that pre-journey Lyle clip, courtesy of Kate’s friend Julie, that set some of this just-maybe-Texas-and-I-can-make-up thinking in motion. ‘Cause when he and his Large Band croon, That’s right, you’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway, I believe him.
We definitely felt wanted yesterday as 40-mph winds blew this tiny, tired caravan into Corpus Christi. On the trailing hem of a sizeable storm, the temperature was near freezing, but our arrival welcome was decidedly warm.
Between that, watching the Gulf waves crash and witnessing a new chapter being written in our family’s life, I do believe I’m falling in love, again.
P.S. If you have more time to spend, today, watch this one, too…both Kate’s and my Lyle fav.
(Photo: Flickr Commons)