By Robin Cole
"The sunlight shot throughout the threatening hurricane clouds, making golden the street prior to me. I crossed the kingdom line?it used to be a magical experience?my hair obtained mammoth, I obtained my accessory again, I laughed out loud, and that i was once BORN back TEXAN!"
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Howdy Hi Hot enough for you Hi Oooo, I'm cold, are you cold? Hi Zaat you? Hi Well, I'll be! Hi Wind blow you in? Hi Wal I'll be dern Hi Greetings are an important part of any venture into town as everyone greets you. A clever salutation is an important part of how your character is judged. You need to "ask after" the spouse and kids, mention the weather, and complain about the gov'ment, but most importantly Page 8 coax a chuckle or, better yet, a belly laugh. Everyone in Texas is a comedian. "Zaat you, Earl, you ole sidewinder, wind blow you into town?
I particularly liked the stories told by her great-grandmother. She is my kind of Texan. Cole's writing about the way Texans talk is hilarious. Her samples bring laughter even from us natives. One example is a Texan asking a friend for a favor. " "You betja," came the reply Her keen observations of Texans may sound like exaggerations to those who are not natives. But to those reared here, we know that things found in the back of a pickup truck do indeed include various rusted machine parts that are totally unrelated and a security alarm system that is a dawg named Killer.
From the time a Texan gets that first car as a teen until they pry his old, cold, dead fingers from the wheel, the vehicle is a part of each Texan's soul. Kids start driving when they are quite young. Ranch and farm kids sometimes get hardship licenses at fifteen. These kids have grown up driving tractors and farm trucks. Little ones, who can barely reach the pedals with their toes and still see through the steering wheel, will drive really slow while mom or dad feeds cattle from the back of the truck.