Sweet Home Alabama illustrates quite well how I feel as a city girl in small town Texas. Tyler is a dry county so there’s not a bar to bring a baby into but there is a gun shop in WalMart and I’m pretty sure I had about the same reaction to that as Reese to the baby.
As I mentioned in my last post this is a bit like a nightmare for me; wide open spaces, deep fried everything (including butter, Twinkies and Oreos), remote locations, WalMart, guns everywhere and so on. I can literally hear crickets at night and it drives me crazy. I never thought I would say it but I miss the sound of the needle gun on the ship. I miss the sound of police sirens outside my bedroom window. I miss interacting with hundreds of customers a day. I feel freer and more alive smack dab in the middle of Disneyland on the fourth of July than I do standing in an open field with nothing and no one for miles.
If you haven’t figured it out, my time here has been difficult and exhausting. I’ll post about what I’m learning and how I’m being stretched in the next day or so, but for now I will say again how thankful I am for my Gateway group because without them I think I might be muttering in a corner or climbing the walls right about now while my eye twitches and I’d start to act like Walter Bishop from Fringe. I’m thankful for friends who are willing to laugh and try new things, even when it is very different than what we are used to, things like:
Cowboy church… do you see the cross that looks like its made out of bacon?
Walmart… they sell guns next to kids bikes and craft supplies next to men’s underwear.
Food… I am convinced that there are two types of food in Texas… frozen deep fried and deep fried.
Flea Markets… just a sampling of the things I saw, there were also guns on sell next to some pearl jewlery and there were funnel cakes and one very long trolley ride. I’m not sure if the people on the ride knew what to make of a Chinese, German, Candian, British and two Americans.
Bowling… there were six lanes. I’ve never seen a bowling alley so small or so cute.
But I will say that though I hope I never have to return to small town USA the people are great, the farmland is beautiful and the sunsets are amazing: