Thursday, August 11, 2011

Why I love Texas

In this day and age, where all we seem to have on our minds is the economy, unemployment, cost of groceries, and social upheaval, it's nice to know that humanity is not dead.

You may remember that a few months ago, my husband and I gave up watering our yard, and that Texas has seen some pretty horrid days of heat and more heat. Our grass is almost completely dead, but the look of the yard, pales in comparison to the necessity to allot for those with livestock and fields. Vanity wanes in the wake of necessity.

Well, this past week our yard has been coming to life again without our doing. We wondered how this phenomenon was happening, since the hose lay listlessly in its place, unmoved and unused. My mother in law found our mystery water supply a few days ago....our neighbor, Joe.

You see, Joe has a well, so he does not depend upon city water.....my mother in law stopped and said good morning, and asked what he was up to. Joe replied, "These kids (my husband and I) have worked so hard to make this house look so nice, and I can't bear to watch there yard die. They deserve a yard that looks nice. It's not their fault they decided to go without so others can have more."

My watering angel....he comes over at 5 am and doesn't make a peep. He just hooks up a sprinkler from his well, and let's it run.

I do believe there are some cookies in Joe's future. Maybe a nice pot roast.

And this is why I love Texas. The people are real, and kind, and loyal, and would happily give some of their water because he doesn't want to see the "kids" work die away. My heart is so full.

6 comments:

Lauren H. Edmondson said...

So sweet! A little yard fairy :)

Mrs.Rabe said...

That is awesome Jaclyn!

Those are the kind of neighbors you want to have in hard times! Sounds like you guys are those kind of neighbors too!

Deanna

ps - how are you feeling?

McFarland-Higgins family said...

Maybe it is my hormones (although I am not expecting) but that just made ME choke up. In these times, acts of kindness go so, so far. Love it!

Kelli said...

WOW. Absolutely priceless. :) Sounds much like many West Virginians I know, too. ;) I do believe that when you are looking in the right places, you can always find kind, considerate and caring folks. That is, as long as you're 'doing unto others'. And I know you are a terrific neighbor, too. :)

Little Wife on the Prairie said...

This makes me cry. I too love Texas for that reason alone. Wonderful people! I don't know here you are in Texas but I am just south of Amarillo.

V said...

I. Love. Texas. Too. Texan are, by and large, the salt of the earth.