Sights and scenes of the “magic valley” expressed in the photos of our readers often describe this land between the rivers far better than words. Some have suggested my term “magic valley” overstates. However, I think it all depends on what the word “magic” means to you. If you like your magic flashy, July 4th and Christmas flash here in a big way; if magic means to you a quiet retreat where peace washes over your soul like waves on a sunlit beach; if magic is the green growth feeding life with God’s love, then this is the magic valley for you, too.
I spent a great deal of my summer on family business and drove my kids and grandchildren to many communities over several states for fun and emergencies. Like Dorothy in Oz I can tell you there’s no place like the magic valley.
My grandson took me camping in the mountains of New Mexico. I admit the mountain temperature is difficult to compete with, but my remote-controlled bed verses an air mattress on rocky cold ground wins after one night. Give me green valleys, cool breezes over sparkling water. Others can keep the hot concrete and crowded hotels of the city, where you are a number, not the Freemans. That is definitely not magical.
Even the language here is simple. An example is the night I pulled up to Gexa Pavilion in Dallas to let my daughter, granddaughter and friend out for a boy-band concert. The parking attendant said: “Big time rush.” I said, “No, I’m not in a hurry at all.” He laughed. My granddaughter said, “Nana! That’s the group playing.” I think Elvis has left the building and living somewhere in Granbury or Glen Rose.
I am clicking my ruby-red heels together and shouting there’s no place like home in the magic valley. It’s a virtual vacation.
Last month we celebrated the National Day of the Cowboy for the first time ever in Hood County. I’m so proud to have nominated one of the best cowboys ever–Larry Avery. He puts his talent on the line with his faith everyday and his neighbors are rewarded.
Thanks to David and Kay Moore and Boots Hubbard for their work on this event and the Rio Brazos Music Hall for hosting it. Kay Moore pulled together information and planned the entire Day of the Cowboy event in less than a week. We are blessed to have people like Kay supporting our community. Last month due to a misunderstanding, Kay’s article mentioned Mason Mayne, having been inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Although he wasn’t in that noted group, many thought he should have been. Also in Kay’s article Cissy’s husband is listed as David and that should be Don. Mayne’s death was in 1997.
There is no telling what events and great times will happen in August that hasn’t even been planned yet. As you look to the end of summer, don’t forget the fun things to do in Granbury and Glen Rose. You and your family will love the Labor Day weekend events. I don’t understand how there’s always a new innovative happening here. It’s magic!