I’m pretty lucky that my husband’s job takes us to new places every few years. I love going to new states or countries and learning about what’s around me. Most recently we were brought to Texas. Not exactly my first choice of places to live, but still… I’m always up for something new.
I am by no means an expert on Texas. I’ve lived here only a year and even someone who has lived here (or anywhere) their whole lives can still find out new things about their homes. But, being here a year has definitely shown me some things about Texas that are pretty definite. If you’re thinking of moving to Texas, or if you find yourself in this area, maybe you’ll also see the same things.
8 Things I’ve Learned About Texas After Living Here For A Year
1. The People Love Texas
I’ve never been to a place where I’m reminded so often about where I am. Every store seems to have a Texas-shaped something whether it’s a pillow, or a waffle maker, or with their flag on it like a towel or plate. No one wants you to forever what state you’re in.
2. It’s a massive state
Obviously I knew Texas was large. Everyone’s heard the saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” but when you drive 4 hours and haven’t even made a dent in the state it really hits you just how massive it is. It’s going to take us forever to hit all of the places on our Texas Bucket List.
3. It’s exceptionally hot
I dislike hot weather unless I’m at the beach or pool. When it’s every day and going out your front door feels like stepping into an oven, it’s difficult. Now with a little one I feel awful every time I take him outside because I feel like his little body isn’t equipped for this heat. I mean not even mine is.
4. There are some critters down here
From rattle snacks to big spiders to every bug imaginable crying to sting or bite you in your backyard. Growing up in New York I spent my summers barefoot outside. Here, I take one step onto my lawn and red ants have found my feet and bitten me up. My dog also found a rattle snack in our yard, which made me question ever going outside again. This state makes being afraid of critters quite difficult.
5. Barbeque is everything
There are a few states where barbeque is a staple, Texas is definitely one of those states and Texans claim to be the number one place for it. Steve and I love trying new places wherever we go. He loves testing out the different flavors and techniques each place uses on their meats while I’m a side aficionado. I could eat potato salad for every meal.
6. People have some serious manners
I’ve been called ma’am more in the year here than I have in my whole life. I’m sure there are plenty people in other states with manners as well (I would hope), but as a whole there’s something to say about being in the south and that typical hospitality.
7. There are some great beers made here
Besides visiting barbecue places around the state, Steve and I love to try out new beer. While I was pregnant for most of our first year here, I didn’t get to try very much, but I lived vicariously through him and learned about all of the local breweries.
8. There’s a ton of history
From being part of Mexico, to its own country, to part of the U.S. this state has a lot of history. I still have so much to learn but I have a few more years to find out.
Texas is a unique place. It almost feels like it’s in its own little world. I really look forward to finding out more about the state and its people.
What are your thoughts on Texas? Let me know in the comments.