Hey! I wanted to come y’all that I had to write a college paper the other day of my favorite place. I currently live in Missouri, but I was born and raised in Texas. I thought I would share my essay paper with you!
— By Amy Barnes Jordan
The great dust bowl covers a wide range from eastern New Mexico, Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle and the Texas panhandle. I was born and raised in the Texas panhandle. It is my favorite place to be. From the wide open range to the never ending sky, the Texas Panhandle is not only my favorite location, but it is also what I call home.
As you enter the Texas panhandle, the first thing you see is the landscape, and how it resembles a scorched desert. The land is flat and rugged. You can see as far as the eye can see. Tumble weeds roll ungracefully across the dry, desolate landscape. Trees are scarce, and ones that have survived look as though they are screaming for water. Most would find this type of landscape repulsive, or an eyesore. To me, it is the most beautiful place in the world. Not only do you notice the dry, scorched earth, but you quickly notice something that strikes awe within you; the Texas sky. Whether you are driving in the morning, evening or the middle of the night, you can always find yourself intrigued by the Texas sky. The sunsets and sunrises are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. At night, you can see every single star with great detail. Hence the song lyric “The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!”
To be in Texas is to feel like a big warm blanket has been wrapped around you. From the weather to the way people treat you, you will always feel a warm welcome. In my hometown of Panhandle Texas, people wave at you as they pass you on the street. Whether they know you or not, you are a friend of theirs.
No one knows a stranger, and they are always quick with a smile and a “Hey y’all!” Not only do the people make you feel at home, but just step right into my grandmother’s kitchen and scoot yourself up to the table, and be prepared to understand what southern hospitality, and southern comfort mean. My grandma’s sweet iced tea is legendary, as well as her mouthwatering cooking. I recommend the Sunday dinner of roast beef cooked to perfection.
That leads me to the smells of Texas. Just thinking about the smells strikes a nerve so deep in my heart that I am overwhelmed. I can smell the wildflowers and the gently plowed earth as the gentle breeze blows out of the west. I can also smell the cattle feed lots that blow in on that same wind. When I would complain about the smell, my grandfather always told me “Honey, that’s the smell of money.”
In conclusion, there are many things to love about the great dust bowl of the Texas panhandle. From the sights, the smells and the feeling you get once you have spent some time there, you will never want to leave. I live in Missouri now, but I will always call Texas my home sweet home.