If it wasn't for Texas | Moms

My dad was a farmer.

We used to joke that in the summer everyone but farmers took vacations during the nice weather. The farmers waited for the bad weather or the very end of the summer when there was no chance a lot of work needed to be done.

So, our family vacations were near the end of the summer.


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We didn't go every year, but one of our favorite destinations was Red River, New Mexico.

We would pack up the car, each of us bringing something to do (books for me) since no one wanted to spend the nine-plus hours staring out the window.

We had a special road trip soundtrack on a cassette that Mom and Dad had copied off the original 8-track tape that came with our old, blue Oldsmobile.

We sang, tried to play car games without fighting in the backseat, and watched for the trip landmarks.

One of our favorites was at the crossing between Texas and New Mexico.

Around the state of Texas, there are a few of these concrete boundary markers.

We sometimes stopped, sometimes didn't, but always looked for it.

When I grew up and moved away, anything ‘Texas’ was immediately sentimental to me.

I think I may have enlarged the actual size of the state of Texas in my children's minds with how I talk of it.

They love Texas too and that makes me happy.

We’ve taken the long road trips to Texas.

We pack up our vehicle, each of us bringing something to do (me bringing books, the kids and Jerry bringing every imaginable electronic gadget that will work in the car) since no one wants to spend 20-plus hours staring out the window.

We used to listen to my copy of the road trip soundtrack until it grew legs and walked away, now we listen as Jerry and I try to remember the words to all the songs on the soundtrack.

We sing, try to play car games without fighting in the backseat, and watch for the trip landmarks.

And when we get close to that Texas border, our eyes are staring out the window and we strain to find the sign...

And we stop to make a new memory.

When I grew up and moved away, anything ‘Texas’ was immediately sentimental to me.


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The News-Review Updated Sep 29, 2014 12:39PM Published Jul 29, 2014 09:45AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.