1. When you clean your ears, you often have actual dirt on the Q-tips. Gross, but true.
(Dust + Non-stop Wind = Dirty Ears)
2. You're not even phased when the sky is an apocalyptic shade of brown instead of blue.
3. Your children often choose the brown crayon when coloring a picture of the sky.
4. You don't even attempt to have picnics. You have learned that picnics in this wind are impossible. A "picnic" is merely spending 10 minutes attempting to keep plates, cups and food from blowing away, until finally giving up and retreating to the car.
5. As you leave West Texas to drive to any surrounding area, your children see a tiny hill or a small cluster of trees, and yell "Look at the mountains! Look at the forest! It's so beautiful!"
6. Instead of the usual "summer, spring, winter, and fall", you judge the passing of the year based on the planting, growing, and picking of cotton.
7. You don't really "dust" your house, as much as you just sweep up piles of actual dirt off every surface. Daily.
8. You've seen fire ants be picked up off the ground and flung through the air by the wind.
9. In spite of your best efforts, your children become fascinated with all thing Texas Tech.
10. You say things like "It's flat and windy and dusty....but the people are great." And that's the reason that in spite of the wind, dust, and incredible shortage of trees, you love it here anyway.
You are on a roll Starr! Your past few posts have been so good!
I totally understand the contentment thing. I jokingly told Joey recently that since we were not spending money to go anywhere fancy for our anniversary that maybe we could spend some money replacing some of the "stuff" that we got 10 years ago when we got married. It would be nice, but you are right, we don't need it.
You forgot one.
When you complain about the oppressive heat, and everyone tells you that it's really nice in Lubbock because it's cool in the shade. (Totally ignoring the fact that shade isn't that easy to find in a city with limited trees!)
LOVE IT!! Too true, too true. I miss the west Texas sunsets! Here they are blocked by the trees and hills. I guess you can't have it all.
Just saw your link in a comment over on Anne Jackson's blog (Flowerdust). My family and I live in Plainview and often go shopping at United Market Street in Lubbock, because of all the organic foods!
Great seeing a fellow blogger from these parts!