Viewpoint: Look beyond Texas, Texans; you might like what you see

By Daniel Hill

Texans are proud of their state, and they should be. People are proud to live in this state because Texas has immense history and astounding tradition.

I grew up in Texas, and I love things like BBQ, fried foods and every other sort of southern charm. I said words like “y’all” and “fixin to,” and embraced everything about the South. I love pick-up trucks and sodas, especially Dr Pepper.

I was a born in Texas and used to consider myself a Texan. I embraced life in Texas to the fullest.

Then when I was 12 years old, my family moved out of the Lone Star State and to Seattle.

I remember the night my parents told my siblings and I that we were moving to another corner of the United States. I was heartbroken to leave Texas. When our family left, we stopped at the border and took a picture with all of us posing by the “Texas” sign.

When our family moved to Seattle, I was going into the sixth grade. On the first day of school, all of the kids laughed at me because I was from Texas. They all thought I was a redneck and wondered why I didn’t have a cowboy hat.

In reality though, I was just a kid from a suburb of Houston called Friendswood. I wasn’t very country at all. I remember my classmates teasing me by quoting a SpongeBob SquarePants episode whose sole purpose was to make fun of Texas.

Because I was from Houston, I took the brunt of jokes for being Texan. I quickly stopped doing or saying anything that would associate me with being a Texan. I stopped saying “y’all” and “fixin’ to.” I learned that in Seattle, a soda is called a “pop.”

I also learned when it’s raining, you don’t use an umbrella, you just get over it and resume business as usual.

I remember for the first year of living in Seattle, I was constantly comparing Texas to Seattle. I compared the Texas heat to the Seattle cool, the Seattle mountains to Texas terrain, the Seattle’s Puget Sound to Texas’ Gulf Coast. I tried to find any reason to compare the two places.

What makes me like Texas is what I dislike about Seattle, and what I like about Seattle is what I dislike about Houston.

For example, Houston is always swelteringly hot and Seattle is rarely warm. Most people don’t even have air conditioning in Seattle.

The one thing that I love about Seattle is how open people were to people and lifestyles that were outside of their beliefs.

Finally when I went off to Baylor, I decided that between Houston and Seattle neither one was better than the other, they are only different from one another.

While every Texan loves Texas, I just have to say that there is more to the U.S. than Texas. Sometimes the Texas braggadocio can just be too much.

Let’s get over ourselves.

I like Texas so much that I even came back here for college. Ultimately though, after college, I want to settle in Seattle and enjoy all four seasons and cool summers. I consider myself to be a Seattle native and a Pacific Northwest guy now.

Daniel Hill is a senior journalism major from Seattle. He is a sports writer for the Lariat.