Several weeks ago, the family and I traveled to the Dallas Metroplex to see our beloved LSU Tigers taken on the Oregon Ducks. Most of our friends went sans children because the tickets were expensive, and, really, who doesn’t want a weekend alone in a fun city with a significant other? But long ago, we’d promised our children (boys 12 yrs and 9yrs) that if we were lucky enough to score tickets, we’d take them along.
Well, we got tickets.
So, I booked a hotel in Irving because the others hotels booked quickly and set about planning our little weekend together. First up – what would we do Friday night? We’re not particularly familiar with Dallas. We go maybe once a year, usually for the Texas Rangers game, so I don’t know the best places to eat, etc. And the Dallas area is very spread out…and the traffic is beastly at times. We decided to play the trip by ear. Whatever sounded good at the time, we’d go with.
I’ll admit to being one of those moms who wants to bring culture into the equation. I also like good food (as my clothes can attest). I clamored for a restaurant with a few stars behind its name. I got Medieval Times.
Yeah, the place with the jousting and courtly drama.
And know what? It was fun.
And that made me think of my childhood and what Texas meant to me. It meant the wax museum, Texas Rangers and holiest of holies – Six Flags over Texas! When I was young, these were the best things ever. Texas Giant after a very expensive hotdog? Check. Being freaked out by the horror section of the wax museum? Check. Marveling over shrunken heads at Ripley’s Believe It or Not? Check. Eating ice cream out of a Texas Rangers mini batting helmet? Check. Yet, somehow I’d forgot what it was like to be a kid in Texas. Um, it’s awesome!
So I put away my uppity plans of shopping in Ft. Worth and visiting the cowboy’s museum (I thought my boys would like seeing the cattle drive) and toasted the yellow knight with my expensive golden goblet. I took pictures of my boys in the dugout at the Texas Rangers Stadium tour, and tried to find my way out of the hall of mirrors at the wax museum. I squashed the adult and allowed my inner child to pose with wax figures and gawk at mermaid skeletons.
Remembering the Texas I knew gave me the best weekend I’ve had with my family to date.
But next time we’re going to see that cattle drive in Ft. Worth!
What about you? Ever been to Texas? Or do you have a favorite childhood memory of a trip you took with your family?
And speaking of Texas…the last book in my five book Oak Stand, Texas series comes out this October. So if you’re looking to put a little Texas in your fall, you know where to find me.
Bio: From the time she learned to read to the present, Liz Talley has always had a fascination with books. Of course, it never occurred to Liz to write a book until her college roommate said, “You read so many of those things, why don’t you write one?” The idea stuck with her. After a stint as an English teacher and stay at home mom, Liz found writing a great way to avoid an ever-growing pile of laundry. After a Golden Heart final with a Regency romance, Liz started her career in contemporary romance on the same day she met her editor. Coincidence? She prefers to call it fate.
Currently Liz lives in North Louisiana with her high school sweetheart, two beautiful children and a menagerie of animals. Liz serves as the president of her local RWA chapter and Vice-president of the Golden Network. She loves strawberries, fishing, retail therapy, and is always game for a spa day. To find out more about Liz, visit her at www.liztalleybooks.com or follow her on twitter@amyliztalley.