Weatherford Democrat

Columns

September 27, 2011

Weatherford exemplifies a true ‘Tejas’ town

WEATHERFORD — Some wonderful things have happened in my life, and getting to retire and move back to the Weatherford, Texas, area is one of the more significant ones.

As I meditate a bit about that, friendliness comes to mind.

The Caddo Indians coined the word Tejas (meaning friendly) to describe themselves, and our great State of Texas took a modified version as the name to identify us. Our city of Weatherford could aptly be called a Tejas town because of that identifying trait.

Some things have happened in the past few weeks that really brought that to my attention.

My habits are to crowd as many errands into one trip as I can, to allow me more time for managing and operating the farm that has served our family since 1905. All of those errands seem to be Tejas experiences, whether it be stopping by the Razor’s Edge and letting Randy give me a trim job, or going by the downtown First Financial Bank and having Linda make a deposit for me, or perhaps Debbie, or Jimmie Sue help me with some stock transfers.

Then, a few steps across the street I enter Davis City Pharmacy to share time with the pharmacists and counter help as I get a prescription filled. I know most of them by their first names; however, Wayne Thompson and I have traded stories since the days of the Great Depression.

Then, I drive on down North Main Street and pull into Merritt Feed Store and pick up a few sacks of 12 percent sweet before taking a tire from the hay buggy to Turpin Tire for a replacement.

It is fun dealing with Doug, and he just gives me that Tejas smile when I try to bargain with him.

Seems a long way from Turpin Tire to the Kim Mader-Bagley State Farm Insurance Agency, but I had some insurance needs to take care of. Their new building is a beautiful place to sit, visit and admire the paintings and drink their complimentary coffee. If I am lucky, Perry Mader will come by and we trade a few barbs, though this was not one of those times.

I recently compiled a story of my wife’s five-year battle with ovarian cancer and put it on a flash drive, which I took to Office Max and had them print a few copies and bind them for me. Somehow I lost the flash drive in their parking lot after the work was done.

The owner of Aim Mail Center found it. It had been run over, but he was able to capture my name and looked up my phone number and called me to tell me that he had it for me. I still had it on the hard drive, but did go by and thank them for going to that kind of trouble.

Granny’s Kitchen was close by, so I had their Blue Plate Special.

I went by Dr. Rick Ford’s office and let him check my knee that he had operated on. Visits with him are special. We don’t always confine our conversations to health care. He is a pretty savvy guy and can talk with me about farming, schooling or whatever is worthy of our discussion.

Though it was not a part of this day of errands, the monthly Weatherford College ex-student luncheon is an exceptional Tejas experience. What a joy to share time with old friends and to visit with Dr. Eaton, Brent Baker and other staff members.

This road can go on forever, but I believe the Tejas experiences I have written about confirm that Weatherford, Texas, is truly a Tejas town.

1
Text Only
Columns
  • The triumph of tarp

    One of our favorite political stories took place during Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964. A friend was standing outside a Goldwater rally when a woman burst from the room, tears streaming down her face.

    March 4, 2014

  • Yes, we want it; no, we don’t?

    Maybe our media will finally start filtering the noise. 

    March 4, 2014

  • The good news you likely haven't heard

    Do you like surprises? I have two surprises for you: At least 19 states already in 2014, nearly half, are posting budget surpluses. Yes, surpluses. The other surprise: Since Obama took office, the national deficit has been reduced by one-half. 

    February 11, 2014

  • The hand over the lens

    The top Super Bowl highlight was not Peyton Manning struggling or Renee Fleming singing or even that adorable puppy nuzzling a horse in the Budweiser commercial. It was Bill O’Reilly grilling Barack Obama.

    February 11, 2014

  • U.S. mayors forced to innovate

    I recently came across more proof that lawmakers blocking progress are weakening the institution of Congress: 

    Mayors from across the nation met in Washington, D.C., for three days last week to discuss a host of issues and possible solutions against a backdrop of congressional inaction. This came as President Obama stated his plans to use “a pen and a phone” to “make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need.” And further, voters are recognizing that the problem in Congress starts at the state level -- and many hope their legislatures will do something about it. 

    January 28, 2014

  • The Village Idiot — Class, but not least

    For Steve’s birthday, it was decided that no one could give him a gift that cost over a dollar. Not that we don’t like Steve, or that he isn’t worth more than a dollar, or that we’re extremely cheap (well, it could be that). It’s just that as grown-ups, who needs more stuff?

    November 29, 2013

  • Black Friday on Thanksgiving?

    Thanksgiving is a time set apart to thank God for all His blessings. It now appears that stores are trying to get a jump on Christmas shopping by beginning “Black Friday” on Thanksgiving Day! Our culture continues to push a secular agenda on all of us. Now the press of shopping is crowding out a time of personal reflection on the goodness of God.

    November 28, 2013

  • BYRON YORK: Obama, Dems kept mum about health plan

    The journalist Jonathan Cohn, an ardent supporter of Obamacare, recently wrote in The New Republic that problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act should be “an opportunity to have a serious conversation about the law’s trade-offs — the one that should have happened a while ago.”

    November 26, 2013

  • DONNA BRAZILE: A gift of practical idealism

    I was only 3 when President John F. Kennedy died, but I’ll never forget what happened that day as my grandmother and others cried. You see, we were Catholics living down in the then-segregated Deep South. Kennedy was our hope for a better tomorrow.

    November 26, 2013

  • The way we were

    I can hear in my mind’s ear Barbra Streisand’s beautifully haunting song “The Way We Were.” It was a nostalgic, wistful song in a movie of the same name. But sometimes, like now, it reminds me of how far we’ve come.

    November 19, 2013

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing