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Bein' a Texas gal

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

I've been a Texan since the day I was born. I came into this world by way of Houston, making brief hops between Texas and California during my diaper years, then a year in Oklahoma before coming back to my native land at the age of 6. I lived in the same house for the next twelve years. I had no Texan pride at that time. I didn't hang out with anyone that wore blue jeans or cowboy boots, I couldn't stand country music, and I masked my Texan accent as best I could. Especially when I had that British boyfriend. My first idea that Texans were different came during a summer vacation to England with said British boyfriend. I was more friendly and outspoken than most people there were used to. The bartenders there couldn't make a margarita to save their lives. And, at a party, when people learned I was from Texas, they asked me to talk like a Texan. I opened my mouth and a very flat accent came out. The look of disappointment spread on their faces. The sad thing was, a girl, originally from Zimbabwe but living in Huntsville, Texas, had a much better Texas Accent that I did. So they turned to her and giggled and laughed at her talk. I was a disappointment as a Texan to them! I spent a few more years trying to disguise my Texan-ness. Why? I guess I wanted to seem more cosmopolitan, more educated, refined. Then I realized what a load of baloney! In the car this morning, I was listening to a country song. Senorita Mas Fina by by Kevin Fowler. Something in the tune made me think of Texas. About the way it's got everything there is. Mountains, rivers, deserts, cactus, forests, ocean, plains. It's got big city and middle of nowhere. And the middle of nowhere is more than just nowhere. It's dangerous, desolate, and beautiful. Texas still has that "Old West" kind of feel to it. Rough wood, heat, dust, sweat, boots and jeans. Friendly, laughing, hard-working, adventurous. Yep, I'm a Texas girl.

2/22/2006 08:58:00 AM :: ::
17 Comments:
  • I loved this post. You should be proud to be a Texan. I have always had a soft spot for southners. I'm not sure why. I have never lived down south, but I was born in Dallas. Maybe I long to return. :)

    By Blogger Jolynn, at 2/22/2006 09:46:00 AM

     


  • I'm a Tennessee guy, though my brother now lives in Austin. I've tried my best to mask my accent, mainly because of the acting that I do. There's nothing worse than being in a show with an actor or actress that flattens out a line by Shakespeare or sings a New Yorker part in a Southern twang.

    But the accents have their own charms. Actually, a lot of accents have their own unique charms. I'm learning to speak in the Scottish dialect right now as a matter of fact :)

    By Blogger Barry, at 2/22/2006 10:02:00 AM

     


  • British boyfriend?

    i'm one of these people that dont have an accent. i'm not posh by any means, i just dont have a regional twang. does that make me odd?

    my link has changed now btw

    By Blogger The Toothfairy, at 2/22/2006 10:22:00 AM

     


  • When I was living abroad (outside of Texas) I told my friends that if I were to marry, she would have to be a native Texan. Not a transplant, not a Yankee, but a homegrown Texan.

    Well,the Lone Star is my lucky star, because I met a Texas gal to call my own. Or to put it another way; I roped me a winner and I'm in tall cotton.

    Ooowee, shut my mouth, slap your grandma.

    p.s. We have that Kevin Fowler CD at home. ;)

    By Blogger An Observer, at 2/22/2006 11:14:00 AM

     


  • When he was back in KC Nick used to spend so much time yakking about how great Texas was that I finally told him, "If you like it so damned much, why don't you leave and go back home?"

    And, dangnabbit, he did.

    PS: Don't mess with Kansas either.

    By Blogger JustCara, at 2/22/2006 11:21:00 AM

     


  • This was such a great post, and being a Brit girl with Texan friends I think you Texans well and truly rock!

    By Anonymous Claire, at 2/22/2006 02:35:00 PM

     


  • Nothing wrong with Texas! I always wanted to be from somewhere else...I really hate the accent we have in PA. Some people really have it and it just gives me the willies!

    I have a friend from Ireland, she has barely an accent anymore because she made sure she got rid of it. And we all love Irish accents!!

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 2/22/2006 05:29:00 PM

     


  • Do you drink raw tequilla and spit back the worm? Do you wear boots to bed? Do you prefer the "cowboy" or "reverse cowboy" position?

    hehehe

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 2/22/2006 06:47:00 PM

     


  • FTS said something about Texas pride the other day, and when I emailed him about it, he said he might make it a topic of a post one day.

    I've been all over the country and some cities have it, this pride, but Texas is the only state I know that has it. It's not an arrogance. It's a real joyous appreciation.

    By Blogger g, at 2/22/2006 08:12:00 PM

     


  • i've never been to texas but i have enjoyed reading your different posts and pics about it. it looks like a beautiful state. too bad the accent doesn't come across on the blog.

    By Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry, at 2/22/2006 09:51:00 PM

     


  • Oh I tried to mask my Southern accent when I first left home...simply because I was treated like some ignorant hick and that was in England too....it was only cute or funny at parties but at work...not so much.

    Now I don't think I have an accent at all and it bugs me sometimes....but after a few beers it's comes right back out..haha.

    I was born in Lubbok, TX and still have alot of family there and I just love that state. I've said it a hundred times or more but you don't ever have to leave TEXAS to get anything you want in this world...that state has it all. My husband lived outside of Austin for almost 7yrs and even though he's a Yankee down deep he'll get this Texan streak every once in a while and it's too cute.

    You are definitely a Texas girl though...strong, smart & gorgeous...all the women in Texas are good lookin'...must be the "water" huh? haha...

    By Blogger Sandy, at 2/23/2006 01:41:00 AM

     


  • Don't worry about being a Texan lass, i'm a Swindonian and I have no shame ;-)

    By Blogger The Wisdom of Wislon, at 2/23/2006 03:31:00 AM

     


  • I just saw my error. It should have been "Cowgirl or reverse cowgirl" positions :P

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 2/23/2006 09:24:00 AM

     


  • Well said!
    -from a former Ft Worth girl, now in West Texas!

    By Anonymous HolyMama!, at 2/23/2006 09:37:00 PM

     


  • I love bein' a Texas gal too. It rocks.

    By Anonymous Brittany, at 2/24/2006 10:47:00 PM

     


  • I remember appearing in the musical The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. I was saved the embarrasment of a pathetic texan accent by playing a swedish character.

    By Blogger culfy, at 2/25/2006 03:29:00 AM

     


  • I'm a closeted Kevin Fowler and all things country music fan...I mean, I saw Pat Greene before he became big. I've seen Charlie Robeson play my whole life. I don't feel I have much of a Texas twang, but I will always be a Texan no matter where I am at.

    "You may all go to Hell, but I am going to Texas"
    -Davy Crockett

    By Blogger Crystal, at 2/26/2006 01:59:00 PM

     


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