What Makes Texans Great

What Makes Texans Great

by Susan Neuhalfen

My career started in Houston. Despite living in West Virginia, Connecticut, New York, Chicago and London, Houston is where I have lived for the longest period of time. I kept going back. As I tell people, no one moves there for the weather, but you won’t find better people on the planet.

That holds true for all of Texas. I wasn’t born here, but I won’t leave without a fight, either. After watching the worst of the country in Charlottesville, Virginia, just a few weeks ago, it’s wonderful to see my fellow Texans leading the country to victory over hate and division.

Despite the rivalry between Houston and Dallas, I saw some amazing people here in North Texas jump right in to help our neighbors to the South.

Many stores in the Denton Square and all over the Dallas/Fort Worth metro pitched in to give their profits to the victims. Many more collected supplies and drove them down as quickly as they could load them (and get precious gasoline). Some even took their own boats, risking their own lives and property, to help those in need.

Groups of volunteers are now going door to door to help tear down sheetrock, pull up carpet and take neighborhoods down to the bare bones in order to help their fellow Texans.

It wasn’t just Texans either. People have come from all over the country, taking their vacation time to help perfect strangers. In a way, after this disaster, we’re all Texans. We’re all Americans.

It took a bully named Harvey to put it all in perspective. He may have won the battle, but Texas won the war.

Perseverance and resilience in the face of unthinkable odds is what makes Texas great. It’s also what makes Texans great.

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