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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blue (10/08/09)

TITLE: Deep and Wide
By Pam Ford Davis
10/09/09


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What is deep, and wide, and blue all over? The answer to my riddle is Texas! Travelers breathlessly witness a sea of blue, along scenic Hill Country highways each spring. Bluebonnets fill picturesque meadows and landscape ranch estates; even efficiently serve as decorative borders along monotonous interstates. First time visitors to the Lone Star State are mesmerized by the colorful swaying flowers. Red Indian Paintbrush wildflowers contrast with blue upon nature’s canvas masterpiece!


Lady Bird Johnson left behind a legacy of love for wildflowers and her homeland. Serving as America’s First Lady in the White House she used her influential role to bring attention to conservation, and ways to improve the appearance of cities and highways. The Texas native developed a plan for seeding large areas of the nation with wildflowers, as focal points of interest. The visible results, so many years later, are beyond description and draw equaled attention as the changing of leaves each fall in the New England States.


No magic carpet ride could compare with a Bluebonnet carpet memory, and its ability to transport me to earlier times, when I resided in Devine, South of San Antonio Texas. As a Yankee transplant I became a fan of wildflowers and cactus in bloom. My parents also made the escape from brutal Northeast winters and lived in the same community. Mom put down roots in her new home town; and showed the same excitement for Bluebonnets as viewing Fiesta parades! The streets of heaven are paved with gold; and I believe Mom might be admiring Bluebonnets growing effortlessly close by!


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Michael Joshua10/15/09
Thanks for this - after living for 20 years in Dallas, one thing I really miss - bluebonnets. Great memories! Nicely written.
Marie Fink10/15/09
I liked the comparison between Texas wildflowers and the New England States fall leaves. This brings a broader audience in the mix who can visualize the picture you are painting with your words.
diana kay10/19/09
thats lovely! now I need to go and search for a picture of these Bluebonnet flowers. In the UK we have carpets of Bluebells in the woods but dont think we have bluebonnets(unless they are called something different)
Sarah Elisabeth 10/19/09
born, bred, fed, be dead a Texan! Okay don't get me started ;-) Loved your description of the wildflowers, spring in Texas is so amazing! The first half of this piece almost sounds like a travel magazine.