Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Texas, Our Texas

The first week of March is one of my favorite weeks of the year.  March means that Spring is coming... which will be a wonderful relief after this super cold winter.  I also love that this week is devoted to Texas.  For those of you that don't know (or live under a rock), today is Texas Independence Day. 

In honor of the day,  I woke up and dug out my favorite Texas shirt.

I've been wearing this shirt on Texas Independence Day since my freshman year in college.  Sometimes I throw it in at other times of the year too, but not as often as I used to.  Precious is getting a little tight.

It happens to the best of us.

I also spent the day listening to music about Texas and brainwashing my kids at school in to believing Texas is the only place worth living.

My very favorite thing about being an early childhood teacher is how excited three and four year olds are about everything.  I love that at the beginning of every year I get a group of "normal" kids, but by this time I've turned them into miniature versions of me.  They are dramatic, eccentric, and a tiny bit off.

Not to mention...  they love to dress for an occasion.

 I can not explain how thrilled I was when this little rascal came to school in his "cowboy best".    Check out the point on those boots. And check out that pose.  I love it!

With that said, I'll leave you with this quote from John Steinbeck...

"I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans."

 Happy Birthday Texas!

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