No matter where we travel--foreign or domestic--someone remarks, "You're from Texas!" How do they know this? They say by the way I speak, which always startles me a little. In my mind, I speak like the young women reporters on Fox News or CNN. But when I make a recording for my phone messages, I cringe--yes, indeedy, I do have a Texas twang. The next statement invariably is, "I was in Texas once...." And off that person goes on a tale of visiting Texas.
To date, not one person during all these trips disparaged Texas. I say this because others do, and truly...I don't mind. It's a matter of perspective. General Sheridan, in marching across Texas during the Civil War, made the famous statement, "If I owned Hell and Texas, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell." With no central air conditioning, I probably would have had the same attitude.
Why do I love Texas?
Texas is an "Attitude." Texas has a mystique that closely resembles a religion. Even with all the citizen diversity, occasional squabbles, and newcomers somewhat changing the atmosphere, we have a tight relationship that might not exist any other place in America.
Texas is Vast. Not just big...but huge. The empty spaces in Texas could house some nations--if only there were enough water.
Texas consists of seven different geographical regions, much like having seven different states within one border. If one doesn't like living in the East Texas Piney Woods, he can live in the mountains of West Texas, or the high South Plains in Northwest Texas, or the Gulf Coast.
Texas does everything big. You see, when we win--we win big. And when we lose--we lose big. There you go--everything is bigger, even our losses. How many citizens would have barricaded themselves within a chapel and fort called the Alamo and dared Santa Anna to come and fight, knowing they would all die? And what has Texas done with the Alamo? We've made it a shrine--to the biggest loss we have suffered.
Things I Love About Texas:
Bluebonnets--the herald to spring.
Mexican food, What-a-Burger, Dairy Queen, Manske Rolls.
Mustang Island, the beach on the Gulf Coast, Big Bend National Park, Whitetail deer, Historic courthouses, small towns, large cities.
Our ancestors and heroes.
It's my home.
I am a Native Texan, and wouldn't live anywhere else. One of my ancestors, John Jefferson Hughes, came to Texas as a young teenage boy, and a few years later joined Texas in its fight for independence from Mexico. Because he lived here when Texas was a Republic, I am member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT).
I am a romance author. Some of my stories are historical, and some are contemporary, but every one of them is set somewhere in Texas. It's what I know best.
My first novels were set in historic Texas. Recently, two of those have been reissued with a new publisher, revised and updated with new covers, and for the first time, in print, as well as ebook.
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas