a guest post by caroline
It took me a little while to learn to love Texas. We moved here from North Carolina for a couple of years when I was 7, and then came back for good when I was 12 (long story). I remember overhearing my mother on the phone with her mother in England soon after we had moved into our (first) new Texas home, exclaiming in her thick British accent: “It’s like civilization that’s just been carved out of the wilderness!” (In her defense, she had just found a snake on our front porch.)
|Nothing says “We live in Texas now” like matching horse dresses|
When I was super little and we would visit my paternal grandmother in Dallas, Texas seemed like a foreign country, so very different from our small North Carolina town. Once, an elderly woman at church – you know, one of those squishy, southern grandmas who always smells good and bakes delicious pies–asked me, “well, Caroline, what are you?” To which I very seriously responded, “I’m half Texan, and I’m half English. But I’m an American–I’m from North Carolina.”
Texas has most definitely grown on me since then.
There is so much to love about this giant, diverse, weird and wonderful state.
Here, I’ll make you a list:
1. We have everything: beaches, mountains, deserts, pine tree forests, and mega-huge cities.
2. Tex Mex.
3. There is SXSW, and Marfa, and (free!) 72 oz. steaks.
4. There is a city for everyone. Big business type? Head to Houston or Dallas. Like to ride scooters and buy only fair trade? Austin’s your jam. Wish you were a cowboy? Bandera is the place for you. Love the laid-back Spanish vibe? San Antonio will suit you just fine. My family and I live in Dallas now, where there is a street named after my great-grandfather and a neighborhood full of houses built by great-uncle, and we regularly drive past my father’s childhood house.
This is home, and it fits just right.
|One of my favorite areas in Dallas|
Caroline Grace lives in the Dallas area with her husband, Jon, and two fur babies, Teddy and Mops. They are currently in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. Caroline is obsessed with 90s TV, makes oatmeal chip cookies when she’s overwhelmed, and loves crafting and creating beautiful things.