Dallas - Fort Worth December 08, 2017
16 Things Everyone Who’s Moved Away From Dallas – Fort Worth Has Thought At Least Once
Any true Texan knows that “Texas is a state of mind,” and we’ve always got it in our heart, no matter how far we may roam. That said, there are things that make us nostalgic whenever we think of the Lone Star State and its unique character, people, environment, lifestyle, and landscape. Here are 16 things that those who have moved away (or even just left home temporarily) miss the most about Dallas – Fort Worth:
1. There's nothing like a long Texas summer.
And the truth is, we miss the heat. Summers are long and winters are mild... just the way we like it. When things get too hot around here, we just head for the lakes, waterparks, interactive fountains, or traipse indoors for awhile, at least until the sun sets.
2. The State Fair of Texas is hands-down better than any other in America.
Not only do we have the Texas Star ferris wheel and "Big Tex" to greet us in Dallas each year, we have our beloved corny dogs and all things fried. It's an annual tradition to attend, and we hate to miss out.
3. We like our Texas phrases and renowned friendliness.
Don't expect us to lose saying "ya'll" or "howdy" just because we aren't currently living in Texas.
4. We miss our state's obsession with football.
There's nothing quite like Friday night high school football... except, perhaps, our college sports Saturdays or watching the Dallas Cowboys.
5. We'll obsess about chips and salsa.
And, of course, the margaritas and Tex-Mex food that go along with them.
6. We'll reminisce about the tranquil spots we frequent to refresh our soul.
There's something about water that calms the chaos found in urban areas, and DFW has plenty of both. In addition to the Trinity River that snakes throughout the Metroplex, we have numerous lakes all around us. When people talk about Texas being "dry" or "desolate," we know they have never visited here.
7. The beauty of our state flower is unrivaled by any other.
Texans are obsessed with our bluebonnets. There's nothing like the vibrant beauty they add to our roadways and fields every spring.
8. North Texans know how to party.
We miss the constant festivals (you can find one practically every weekend), special events, and outdoor events.
9. We have a sense of humor when it comes to our art.
How can you not smile when viewing Dallas' "Traveling Man" or the other quirky sculptures around Dallas - Fort Worth?
10. Our state pride runs deep.
We are proud Texans, and will always boast about our great state whenever the opportunity arises.
11. We miss the open land, numerous pastures with livestock, and vast skies.
Other cities just feel so bunched up when compared to the spacious layout of North Texas.
12. No one grills better than a Texan.
We know others give it their best try, and while we give you an A for effort, we'll be glad to show you how it's done right!
13. Our Big-D cityscape is nothing short of spectacular.
Our buildings are big, bold, and beautiful, and they light up the night sky... which is doubly-spectacular when reflected in the Trinity River!
14. Many of our neighborhoods are distinctively unique.
We love the eclectic, and seek it out wherever we go.
15. We really do love our Wild West heritage.
Sure, we get tired of some of the hype and touristy-feel of our staged cattle drives and frontier past, but it's pretty cool to know that we're at the heart of such a dynamic era in history.
16. Denim shorts and cowboy boots aren't a fashion statement... it's just a way of life, and we love it.
Courtesy of Amber Moose
Even if we no longer live in Texas, don't be surprised if we bring out the cowboy boots on occasion. It just feels so right!
If you’re a Texan, but don’t currently reside in the best state ever, or if you once left and were lucky enough to come back, what makes you the most nostalgic about living in Dallas – Fort Worth? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Here’s hoping your trails always lead back home!