So what do you do when a bunch of Connecticut teens decide to come to Texas, and you are asked to be the host? I suppose it could be a head-scratcher for a lot of us but not for Colten Jones, Whitney Evridge, and Ashton Newton, not in the least.
As most Comanche people know, things have been a little dicey at Comanche ISD this year…to say the least. When FFA officers, led by President Colten Jones, found themselves without teachers and with a group from Connecticut already planning to visit Comanche, students had to scramble to put something together that would be both beneficial and fun for their guests….and they did!
With the help of Mr. Joseph Simmons, Colten, Whitney, and Ashton squired the yanks to Gore’s Feed Store and then to the Comanche County Historical Museum.
Missy Jones and I were the fortunate ones who were able to provide a narrated tour through the museum for students and sponsors, and we could not have asked for a better, more interesting group. We even learned something ourselves as they explained to us the vo-ag school which they attend.
Of course, being the true southerners that we are, we felt compelled to make sure that the kids left with a better understanding of southern history, traditions, etc. as well as what it was like to have lived on the western frontier for almost 50 years with no real means of transportation…the one thing that always makes for progress and civilization.
From the museum, the group went to the community garden, to Colten’s family ranch, and finally to Cook’s Fish Barn.
“I think Cook’s was a bit of a cultural shock for our Connecticut friends. I don’t understand it, but they seemed surprised that we were really going to eat in an old barn. Then, there was the fried food. They were reluctant to try it, but I stood at the end of the buffet and put a few pieces of fish on everyone’s plate. Turned out that they like fried catfish better than they thought they did! Can you believe that they’d never had fried catfish and they had never even heard of okra, let alone fried okra!??
“Probably the thing that surprised them the most was when we walked in and immediately greeted the owner and workers by name. That obviously isn’t normal in Connecticut.”
Apparently it was a great day, and everyone enjoyed spending it together. Here at Texansunited.com we salute them all…the Connecticut school system that allows their students to have these cultural experiences and the teachers who travel with the students, the Comanche FFA officers for not cancelling the day, and Mr. Simmons for jumping on board to help the kids…and to those of us who are willing to open the museum on off-times and become tour guides.
As a lot of people here in Texas would say, “We all done good.”