Southern hospitality

I just got back from a couple days in San Antonio. It’s a very friendly southern town, chock-full of Republicans from one end to another. Consider this pair I found sitting outside the Alamo. They were all smiles, and happily stood to allow me to take their picture:

They didn’t even ask what I wanted the picture for; they were happy to share their good humor with me and anyone else nearby.

While they were posing for their picture, a cab driver pulled up and hollered a rude insult, something on the order of “Texas isn’t yours: you stole it from the Indians.” While others might bristle at such provocation, these two just smiled, rolled their eyes, and said “yeah, we’ve heard that one before!”

I think the world could learn a lot from the friendly, welcoming attitude of Texans. For example, after the recent peaceful protests by immigrants nationwide, I heard plenty of people calling in to radio stations, screaming every sort of crude invective, talking about how “offended” they were that the protesters were waving Mexican flags.

If only these call-in ranters had adopted the welcoming attitude that I experienced in Texas, they just might have made a few more friends.

Texans, after all, are historically a welcoming sort of people. When I visited the Alamo, I noticed that nearly everyone who fought in that glorious battle in 1836 was from somewhere else: Davy Crockett was from Tennessee, Jim Bowie was from Kentucky, and the commander, William Travis, was from South Carolina. In fact, if you look at the list of Alamo defenders, the few who were from Texas all had Spanish names. The natives of Texas, then a part of Mexico, welcomed people from all over the world to help them defend liberty.

Mexicans were the first Texans, and today millions more Mexicans would like to move to Texas. Shouldn’t today’s Texans adopt the welcoming attitude of their forebears and offer some of that great southern hospitality to their neighbors from the south?

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One Response to Southern hospitality

  1. Michele says:

    I would hate to try sharing a sink with that woman. She looks like she brandishes a mean curling iron.

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