Years ago, I visited Scotland and spent a couple weeks mingling with people that hadn’t yet sought a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. One of the first questions I got from the locals was “Whaur ar ye frae?” Initially, my response was the obvious “a tourist from the US.” I received polite but unenthusiastic responses until I became more specific. When I identified as being a Texan, the reactions were drastically different, almost giddy. Everybody I encountered in Scotland loved Texas and wanted to know what it was like to live in such a wild and adventurous place.
Perception and reality, though, are very different things. As Texans, we certainly cherish the big sky and our diversity as a people, but ultimately, we each have a unique story describing our love of this land. Just as no two husbands will give the exact same answer about why they love their wife, every Texan will give a different reason why this is the best place to live.
My family travels throughout Texas for most every vacation. We’ve never been to the same place twice, and we’re no where near the end of our bucket list of things to see …
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