I’m forever turned around when we travel to East Texas. Every twist and zigzag, every highway or county road seems to melt into another. I never really know where I am, until we round a corner leading to the lake, Lake Tyler.
Being an Amarillo girl, I still marvel at the number of trees lining these roads and properties. The tall east Texas pines are standing proud, guarding the secret beauty of the land.
As we make our way to my brother-in-law’s home, we see glimpses of the lake around each bend. In between the beautiful homes is a peek at the water, with a promise of more. Everyone has a boat it seems. Lake life is The Life!
Ahhhhh, finally I begin to know where we are and as we swing into the long straight driveway, tranquility takes hold. Everything slows down. The family dog and the neighbors’ dog race out to greet us. No leash law here, only welcoming barks and wagging tails. “Pet me first!” they say.
The family home is facing the road but as you enter the house you see the true focal point with windows all along the back, showcasing a lush backyard leading to the water. Gorgeous, large trees make a statement as even the woodland creatures check out the new arrivals. The covered back porch is probably my favorite spot, as it is the length of the house with large fans and comfy rocking chairs. The porch is your morning coffee shop and your afternoon happy hour, encouraging you to sit, sip and stare…no other requirements needed
I admit I was once skeptical of the East Texas lifestyle. But, I’m a believer now, as I breathe in these Piney Woods and hear the friendly clerk at the gas station say, “Thank Y’all, come again and have a blessed day!”
The complete genuineness and country easiness lure me in and ask nothing of me but to appreciate the beauty of the land and the people. I can’t believe I was once so chichi that I eeked at the bugs and was fearful of gophers and anything else too woodsy. I thought my city ways were safer and much preferred. I was wrong.
This East Texas life has grown on me and each time I visit, I feel more at home and peaceful. I see more beauty and gain more respect for the honest family values and sincere friendliness. I am truly grateful for my tie to these Piney Woods. And to borrow a phrase from the Stop and Go,
“Thank Y’all for reading, come again and have a blessed day.”