I just realized that when people ask where we’re from, I no longer say the United States. Nope, I now say, “Texas.”
That inspires one of two responses: (1) “Cowboys!” or (2) A wrinkled noise and an “Eeeeew” noise.
For those who have given us the second response, here’s the Texas National Anthem:
I’ve been wearing two caps on this trip. One, given to me by my neighbor Doug, says “San Jacinto, Texas 1836.” That’s where and when the state was founded. The other, which I bought for myself, is embroidered with the shape of the state.
Jamie and I went to see Ray Wylie Hubbard at a small venue in the heart of Dallas about a month before we left on this trip. He closed the show with this song and he didn’t really have to sing it because the entire sell-out crowd sang it for him.