I always dreaded the idea of going to Texas...until I went. Now, I love Texas...maybe that's the 'lonestar' in me. It is a state with a lot of character and even more diversity.
As you travel from large city to large city there are a host of small towns along the way. There is something so familiar about each of the towns and yet so unique. That's why I enjoy driving so much.
If life happened to be a stretch of Texas highway, it would be fair to say that each of us is a traveler, and each of us is a destination.
For those that come at different times into our lives, we are the destination. We are afforded the privilege of showing them the tourist attractions of our small towns. Sharing with them our culture and our way of life.
Likewise, as we travel our own road, we come to stopping points along the way that beckon to us. We take time to familiarize ourselves with their customs and traditions and become the better for it.
As we share these experiences with each other, we grow and progress ourselves. Sometimes we are forced to leave and other times we are compelled to stay. Our small towns consequently grow together and create large cities...each city becomes interdependent in a tightly woven network of family, friends, co-workers, etc.
There are ghost towns left in our cities when some of those travelers leave but their hollowed out homes and overgrown greens leave a distinct impression on our cities and add to their character.
To those who leave, we bid a fond farewell...with open arms to receive them should they ever make it back. But, since there is 'far too much to take in here, more to see than can ever be seen,' it is not likely that they will visit the same town twice. As Robert Frost said of 'The Road Not Taken':
'And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.'
So, to those who leave our cities, we send with you the best souvenirs that we have to offer...and wish you well on your journey to "A Better Place"