By Kat Solomon
My life here in Texas has greatly changed over the past week because of a new job I had the honor of starting last Friday at the Spring Branch Store. Most of you know this wonderful store filled with fascinating history matched by modern conveniences along Highway 281 between Blanco and San Antonio. Next time you happen to be in our neck of the woods, please stop in and say hi!
The first night was a busy one and gave me a different glimpse into Texas. It shows me how truly diverse our great state is. I saw people from different races, religions and dress. One thing Midwesterners are familiar with hearing are stories of cowboys in Texas. It was wonderful to see cowboys coming into the Spring Branch Store. I also saw business people, was treated to meeting locals and telling a few brief stories about where I come from.
Being among people is helping me to feel more integrated into my new life here. I’ve met a lot of people that are transplants from other states or parts of Texas. My fiancé has been in the Hill Country for over 20 years and even though he’s a Texan by birth, he is still considered jokingly to be a newbie in the Hill Country. Texas is well acquainted with her history, and some families of course have been here for over 100 years. I call that knowing every nook and cranny, stone and hill as well as the seasons. That’s having your environment in your bones.
My adventure has just gotten started now in greater depth. I’m thankful for this job and for living in such a beautiful area like the Texas Hill Country!