March 2, 2018 – Texas Independence Day
Howdy, Ya’ll. This here is Texas Independence Day. On this day in 1836 leaders of the revolution met at Washington on the Brazos. Here 59 delegates officially signed a document declaring their independence and creating The Republic of Texas.
This day and the resulting history makes us Texans what we are and feel and act the way that we do. As John Steinbeck said, “Texas is a state of mind.” But he continues with a description of The Lone Star State.
I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and as in other religions few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions and strivings. Texas has tight cohesiveness perhaps strong than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study and the passionate possession of all Texans.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) in Travels with Charley: In Search of America.
God Bless Texas!