Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kansas Day

I've lived in Texas for almost nine years now, and I was ecstatic when Ryan moved to Dallas in March of last year. We both truly love living in Texas. BUT...Kansas will always be "home."

Kansas Day

There's one thing I learned in primary school that I'll never forget: January 29 = Kansas Day. {Kansas became the 34th state to enter the Union on January 29, 1861.} So...Happy Birthday to my fabulous home state...153 years strong!

Kansas Day

Not a month goes by that I don't hear some line from The Wizard of Oz.  I truly believe Texans really think they are creative/unique/funny when they say, "You're not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy!" or ask me, "Where's Toto?" It used to make me C.R.A.Z.Y. when I'd get these comments day-in and day-out, but I've gotten used to it over time and have learned to just laugh along with the conversation.  However, there is one line from The Wizard of Oz  that does indeed ring true for me:
"There's no place like home!"

Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, No place like home,

So, on this day when kids across Kansas are learning about sunflowers {state flower}, meadowlarks {state bird}, buffalo {state animal}, box turtles {state reptile}, salamanders {state amphibian}, honeybees {state insect} and cottonwoods {state tree} while singing "Home on the Range" {state song}, I am reminded just how lucky I am to have grown up in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

Meadowlark, sunflowers, box turtle, salamander, buffalo, honeybee, cottonwood

Gateway to the Gyp Hills, Welcome Sign

My beloved Jayhawks are hosting Iowa State tonight in Allen Fieldhouse...and I think a Jayhawk win would be a fabulous way to celebrate Kansas Day!  

KU, University of Kansas, Jayhawk, Rock Chalk Jayhawk

1 comment:

  1. I still remember Kansas Day too! And you're right, there is NO PLACE LIKE HOME! Although this Kansas girl bleeds purple! ;0)