Getting a chance to slip out of Texas during July is a respite from the searing heat and sticky humidity. Taking a week to see family made sense. Yet, it did not take long for the soul to be missing the tug from the Lone Star state.
Texas has a pride that grows on you. I was not born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could. That is a standard line for all of us transplants.
It usually gets a knowing laugh from native Texans. This phrase also brings a warm welcome from the locals. Soon the mystique grows on everyone who emigrates here.
It is not usually the scenery in Houston that conjures up the spirit. Houston is flat with no landscape sensations worth mentioning.
Natural beauty takes place in June when the wildflowers burst into bloom. Blue skies and puffy cumulus clouds add to the flavor of the state. Green grasses set off the blues, reds and yellow flowers.
Another natural wonder that we see often are the cloud formations. Since the land is so flat we watch the spectacular thunderclouds roll in and see jagged flashes of lightning across the skies. Jacob’s ladders form in the clouds as the sun fights to send its rays on to the earth.
People are a strength in Texas. The people here have a kindness and hospitality about them that is refreshing. Texans are likable and they like others in return. God seems to have added a larger dose of cheer in the average Texan.
While I enjoy a variety of cuisine, Texas BBQ is special. When the smoker is pumping out the white billows of hickory mixed with the aroma of pork ribs, beef brisket, chicken halves or sausage links the mouth waters up cheeks full of saliva that only knows eating as a solution. This is the Texas spirit.
While away in Oregon, I saw an opportunity to take my family to some BBQ. An eatery was recommended. They served BBQ beef ribs. I did not have to think about that choice; it was off my lips as soon as the waiter greeted us.
The aromas of the grill wafted through the restaurant. I was looking forward to my treat. The plate was mounded with ribs and the sides were just like home.
I sank my teeth into the fare. At first I was happy. Then, I knew that I was just encouraging my own spirit. I missed Texas and BBQ was one of the reason I did.
photo credit: brucefong photography