The “High Holy Days” Of Texas–Texas To The Bone Tuesday

Gonzales flag
Gets Right to the point, doesn’t it? 😉
 
 
What’s going on inside Jimmy D’s head this day?
 
Well, mostly you could say it is in sync with my heart.
 
Because, like last week, it’s time for another (mostly) exciting addition of Texas To The Bone Tuesday.
 
For those of you born in Texas, or who live here and know your history, you probably don’t have to guess why, but for the REST of you, I’ll explain. You see, this period of time in every year is a special one down here in Texas.
 
It’s not because the weather is slowly starting to turn nicer sunnier with matching freaky popup storms outta nowhere or that those bluebonnets (that all you dang Yankees scurry on down here to see) will soon be in bloom before you know it.
 
No, it’s because this time of the year, roughly from around the tail-end of February to the 21st of April are known unofficially as, the “High Holy Days” of Texas.
 
What does THAT mean? Well for you Yankees (or those of you blockhead Texans too LAZY to pay attention in Texas History) this period of the year marks THE MOST important days in the history of Texas.
 
Or at least, the ones we WANT to remember. 😉
 
Those days when we look back on our state’s legendary heroes who fought, won, and, in many cases, DIED to make Texas free.
 

You know, all those famous names that even YOU PEOPLE have heard of like:

Sam Houston

Sam Houston

(Who interestingly pronounced his name as Sam HOUSE-ston, like you Yankees do. I guess this began the tradition of Texans deliberately mispronounce-a-fying things any old way they feel like! 😉 )

Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett

(Though in point of fact, the dude HATED to be called Davy, he preferred David, DAVID Crockett. And probably wouldn’t have appreciated me referring to him as a DUDE either! 😛 😀 )
 
Bowie Knife
 

Jim Bowie and his famous Bowie knife

…And all those other selfless not as well-known men who made sacrifices, both the ultimate and otherwise, to give us the legacy of pride and freedom we have in Texas today.

Roughly around the 22nd of February marks the start of the Siege Of The Alamo, March 2nd is the day of Texas’ Declaration of Independence from Mexico, and was signed at a little’ol place aptly called Washington-On-The-Brazos, March 6th marks the fall of the Alamo….
 

….and it all culminates in the climatic surprise finish on April 21st with Texian victory at the Battle Of San Jacinto…

surrender-of-santa-anna-by-william-huddle-1886

To REALLY understand Texas and what it MEANS to be Texan, you’ve got to understand its High Holy Days, THESE days, all compressed into one period of the year (which also, perhaps, not so coincidentally, happens to also be one of the best times of year to be down here in Texas. 🙂 )

How many OTHER state’s (save maybe Virginia or Massachusetts) have a series of events in their histories as dramatic or profoundly American-esque as Texas?

How many other states can claim to have fought EXCLUSIVELY for their own independence alone, against a foreign power, all by itself…and won??

How many other states have a legacy so steeped in rugged individualism and freedom?

How many other states have as so recognizable a landmark to self-sacrifice the world over as The Alamo?

alamo at night

How many other places can claim to have so moving and iconic a document in its archives and museums like William Barrett Travis’ “Victory Or Death” letter?

Fellow citizens and compatriots; I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country. Victory or Death.

 
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.
 

P.S. The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.

–Travis
 
Top THAT, Rhode Island! 😉
 
How many other states have their own “Flag Pledge” which every school kid memorizes or take so much pride in their “state song” as IF it were a national anthem, or have a state flag so INSTANTLY recognizable all over the globe!

(Hell, Texas’ flag is even more recognized as a mere state of the US than the flags of WHOLE INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES. Seriously, do you know what the banners of Burkina Faso or Estonia look like off the top of your head? Yeaaah, that’s what I thought! 😛 😀 )

Now, I hope it starts to make a little sense for you Yankess, particularly in light of all this recent weird “Texas Secession” talk. It’s not hard to imagine being your own country…when you’ve already been one. 🙂
 
Of course, we DO tend to often conveniently forget that the days of the Texas Republic kinda sorta…sucked. We were forever in debt, constantly under assault by the Comanches, and trying the entire time to get annexed into the US behind-the-scenes.
 
So, is there a little “romanticism” when we look back on these High Holy Days?  Is it perhaps MAYBE possible that because we get to celebrate our state holidays at a time of such usually nice weather, that it sortof casts our “Golden Age” in a light big and bright…er than it actually was?
 
Yes and Yes. (Hey, just being honest, don’t SHOOT me! 😛 )
 
But that DOESN’T MEAN that there isn’t still a whole heck of a lot here for us all to be proud of. It happened, that’s a fact.
 
And oh by the way, before you Yankees start e-sniping at me for being Texan “braggadocious” about all this stuff, let me close by reminding YOU as well of how William Barrett Travis actually opened the famous letter you just read…do you know the Salutation? No? Read it now:
 
“To The People Of Texas, and All Americans In The World…”
 
Yeaaaap, that means, that if you want to, you TOO care share with us in the pride of our Texas history…if you want to. Because at the end of the day, the story of Texas is a story about the freedom to BE who you are, to control your own destiny, as a free person should….and what American in the world doesn’t appreciate that? 🙂
 
Here’s to the High Holy Days….God Bless Texas!
 
Alamo memorial
 
Is considering making a “Gonzales Flag” because SOMEBODY keeps “come and taking” his doughnuts when he’s not looking,
 
J. Devious, ESQ.
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