We lost another great Texan today, Lady Bird Johnson. No matter if you agreed with her or her husband’s politics or not, all could concur that her mission to beautify the country and the state of Texas with wildflowers was a glorious, wonderful thing. Whenever I see bluebonnets, I think of Lady Bird, and I’m thankful her legacy of gorgeous, blooming flowers will continue far into the future. Not to mention, she was an excellent cook and some of her recipes are now a staple in many a Texan’s and homesick Texan’s collection alike.
I met her once, and she was chockful of both homespun spirit and well-bred grace—our brief conversation is a memory I’ll always treasure. I was horribly saddened to hear she had left us, but at least she can now reconnect with her Darling in the afterlife. Not to mention she can also meet up with other late, great Texans such as Molly Ivins and Ann Richards as well. My bet is there are some incredible parties happening upstairs!
Rest well, Lady Bird, and many thanks for adding so much beauty to Texas’s landscape. Our highway vistas wouldn’t be nearly as glorious without your efforts. You were a true daughter of Texas and we are all grateful for how your efforts improved our lives.
Good-bye and farewell. You will be missed.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007