Photographed in Texas
Consider this the eight installment of I am the South and the South is me: Southern Portraits: The Artist
Late! That's what I am. I like to blame it on my Southern roots or the color of my skin but that'd be to pretentious of me. They're waitin'. Of course they are... "What brought y'all to Texas", I ask. "A Greyhound Bus", he replies. I laugh nervously as he recounts his first night in Dallas. He slept on a park bench until he was arrested. The next morning the police told him they just wanted to give him a hot shower and food. They welcomed him to Texas but let it be known he couldn't sleep in the park. He looks over at his wife as she responds, "I'm a drive by Texan- from Georgia. I drove by and never left." I pause to write as Kasey Musgraves fills my ears. It booms from the speaker in the middle of the room. For honorary Texans, I'm pleasantly surprised by their taste in music.
7-11. My head snaps up. 7-11 they repeat. It's where we met in 1984. Married 30 years and two kids later, the love they have for each other and life evident. I can't help but smile as I refuse the second cup of coffee and handful of Texas made chips & Salsa.
And so the artist who proclaims: "Free speech. Free art; but it's not free", bids me farewell as I smile at their life, hospitality and love.
We are Yvonne & Jay
We are the South and the South is us
Also, feel free to read the #SouthernMade feature I did on Jay's Shop Bog