Moving to Texas changes you.
Summers are ungodly hot, you learn to celebrate rainy days, and winter lasts about three days.
It has a certain effect on one’s sanity.
You contract Bluebonnet Fever.
Each spring the Texas state flower blooms. On wet years, it is everywhere. On dry years, it mimics the needle in the haystack.
Beginning in March, every Texan on facebook starts posting photos of their family sitting in a field of bluebonnets. Then every friend still lacking a bluebonnet photo questions the secret coordinates of the pictured field, so they too can photograph their family sitting in a patch of bluebonnets.
There is no time you are more likely to find a minivan pulled over on a road’s shoulder. Not because they are broken down, but because roadsides are where bluebonnets most often flourish.
I have joined in the bluebonnet insanity.
Austin is still a bluebonnet ghost town, so when I trekked the kiddos over an hour out of town (blog on that later) to a farm and found bursts of blue along the roadside, I vowed I would have my perfect bluebonnet photo.
Then we left the farm, two tired kiddos already glued to the magic of Puss ‘n Boots. I reconsidered the insanity of roadside photography during nap time.
I hadn’t driven a mile when I saw it: a minivan pulled over, children in a field of bluebonnets.
Just like that, I had to stop.
I slowed, pulling over next to a steep embankment further down the road, my normal practicality out the window.
Luckily, my children humored me….. after I promised we would immediately return to Puss ‘n Boots after I took some pictures.
Other than the inability to get two smiles at the same time, the five minute photo session went about as perfect as a 2 PM-nap-time-been-outside-two-hours-and-tired-session could.
And my insanity quiets for another year…
And the real reason for the insanity is this:
Seeing how they grow and change each year.
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For those wondering where this lovely bluebonnet spot was, it was close to the junction of 1431 and 1980 just outside of Marble Falls, just down the road from Sweet Berry farms.