Thursday, March 23, 2006
By Linda Jones
On the road...
Spring break found my two granddaughters and me on the road again.
My niece and her family live in Tyler, Texas and I have decided that I love Texas! It is just a great place to visit.
The first time we went, we carried our miniature schnauzer, Mr. Bean, with us. He was wonderful in the car! The two granddaughters, on the other hand, were horrible! They fussed and argued the entire nine-hour trip. I was exhausted the entire visit and the drive home was, if possible, worse.
This trip, we didnt take the dog because he had a tendency to run off.
And I solved the problem of the girls fighting with a very simple solution! I bought a very el cheapo DVD player and carried some movies.
Normally, we dont like the girls to watch a lot of television, but I figured it was either let them zone out on movies or beat them to a frazzle. The movies won especially since theyre well aware Im not going to beat them.
Most of the states around Mississippi are fairly similar to each other. Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama, even Louisiana to some extent, are pretty much the same.
Texas is different! The terrain is different, the humidity is a lot worse, the temperature is hotter and Texans are prouder of Texas than any state Ive ever been in.
Everywhere we went, there was Texas stuff on sale. Big iron lawn ornaments are very popular and you put longhorns, a lone star or the name Texas on it and its sold!
I never see anything like that for Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama or Arkansas. Please dont be offended if youre from Arkansas, but my niece has lived in several towns and cities in Arkansas and my sister lived in Searcy for many years and I just never have liked Arkansas. Dont even know why really.
I love Tennesse and Mississippi and havent been to Alabama enough to know anything about it.
Mississippi is a great state and Im proud to call it home. And Im equally happy to run away occasionally and visit my niece in Texas. Even if it is a thousand- hour trip. Even when the expressway is clogged end to end with semis, RVs and etc.
Interstates 40 to Little Rock and 30 into Texas must be major trade routes for the trucking industry. I had no idea there were so many trucks. And all of them were on the road to Texas the same time I was!
We spent four days with my niece with a forecast of rain nearly every day. Fortunately, it didnt rain while we were there.
Unfortunately, it rained the entire 27-hour trip home!
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