Too Independent For Our Own Good?

I remember when the city of Galveston took such a horrible hit from Hurricane Ike and I was ranting to one of my Yankee friends about the lack of national or even regional media coverage.

“I mean, does anyone remember the names Katrina or Rita? Of course they do because they were both plastered across every media outlet for weeks, as well they should have been!”

Allowing me to finish my tirade, my friend finally answered me without the sympathy I expected.

“It’s because you’re just so darned independent down there. We always assume you have it under control.”

I’ve thought about those words almost daily for a few years now. Too independent, hmm? 

Are we Texans truly more independent than the rest of the country?  Is that why we seem to always be on the giving end and seldom on the receiving end. You do remember who stepped up first to open the door to refugees fleeing Katrina, don’t you? Actually, you do remember that we sent the buses to transport these people, don’t you?

I’m going to have to think on this a while longer, and you do the same. Are we too independent for our own good, or are we just good and independent?  You decide, and then tell me.  Fredda

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for and marketing small-town Texas.
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4 Responses to Too Independent For Our Own Good?

  1. I’ve had the distinct privilege of traveling all over this great nation and if there is one thing that is obvious, everyone else KNOWS Texas is independent. We truly don’t need any help from anyone else and in that we are fortunate. We are probably the only state that could survive as a separate and sovereign nation. We have natural resources, shipping ports, oil, gas, dairies, food..we’ve got it all.

    And with the state of this nation at present, I believe our independent thinking and self preservation is what has kept us from going down the same economic path as the rest of the nation.

    So don’t worry about our independence, it’s a good thing and what keeps Texas ahead of the game.

    • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

      I also love to remind people, Steve, that like it or not, Texas does usually have a little money in the bank (as my grandfather used to say) when most other states do not!

  2. Walker says:

    I don’t think it just Texas. I believe that many people in “fly over” country are good, salt of the earth people who still remember (vaguely) what it means to extend a helping hand and do for themselves if need be. The trouble is, the government has convinced so many people that they CAN’T be independent. If you think you can’t do anything for yourself, you will continue to vote for the ones who tell you they will do it for you.



    P.S. I really enjoy your site. Thanks.

    • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

      Walker, that may be the smartest thing I have heard anyone say in a very long time. I have a brother who is constantly reminding us that the Government has become the largest “pusher” in the world. It just doesn’t push drugs.

      What it does is just dribble out enough “help” to keep people hanging on for dear life until they believe that they can’t exist without what little check, etc. that they receive. This of course, just empowers the Gov’t a little more each year, until most Americans don’t even realize that they are no longer free but rather a slave.

      So glad you enjoy the site! We will have the next town up soon, so come back often! Fredda

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