These are the moments indeed; I could not ask for more- driving down highway 16 in deep South Texas headed to my nephew’s play-off basketball game. Four people all bound and crowded together in my husband’s truck headed to see our favorite common denominator- my nephew Trey.
If you ever have a chance, look at this stretch of highway on a Texas map stretching from Hebbronville to Poteet. There is nothing other than a few small towns and entrances to ranches- at least until you hit a really big ranch (125,000 acres) called the Duval County Ranch .
My father’s comment from the back seat?
“This country’s hard.”
Guess what I think? I think it’s beautiful. Especially when we hit patches of this.
In order to get this picture, I had to ask several times. It went something like this.
Me: “Ooh- those flowers are so pretty- I want to take a picture.”
My husband, the driver: “There’ll be some over that hill.”
Me: “Oh- those are REALLY pretty (craning my neck).”
My husband, the driver: “I’m sure we’ll see more.”
When we reached our destination (Poteet, Texas, home of the strawberry), and I negotiated a drive around town for junk stores, I heard my father say to his hunting buddy in the back seat, “She’s looking for ANTIQUES,” and “I’m not carrying a piece of furniture home for 4 hours in my lap.”
As we rounded a corner, and I saw an old buffet without drawers sitting on the curb with other trash- I shouted, “Stop!”
Amid more mumblings from the cat hunters in the back seat, my husband said,
“No. There’s a man in the front yard with a machete!”
Even without the convenient photo ops, the junk stores, and the machete protected dresser, I was in HEAVEN.
We ate supper at Don Juan’s ( chicken fried steak, hamburger steak , and chalupas- not EACH), and then we headed to the game.
I thought my days of butterfies before a high school sporting event were behind me. After all, I had survived three daughters’ participation in sports, cheerleading, 4H competitions, lamb shows, and UIL debate.
But no- they were back- until my nephew’s team had an almost 30 point lead and everyone was smiling.
Here’s the snack I bought for the ‘guys’ for the ride home. I bought them here.
The ride to and from the game took 9 hours… but I was in HEAVEN. I could not ask for more.