A conversation with my Dad this weekend

Daddy: “It’s been great having you home this weekend.”
Lincee: “Thanks Daddy! I’ve had fun.”

Daddy: “When are you coming back?”
Lincee: “I don’t know. I’m not sure of my work schedule this fall.”

Daddy: “You should come back for Hallsville Western Days.”

Lincee allows herself to reminisce for a few minutes remembering past Western Days. She recalls the energy restored in the small town as its citizens gear up for the rival football game, reuniting with old friends at the street dance downtown, the parade that consists of old cars, the volunteer fire truck and about a million tiny twirlers from the local dance school.

Daddy: “There’s going to be a Civil War re-enactment in our front yard.”
Lincee: stunned silence

Note to reader: We live on 15 acres.

Daddy: “I’m serious. The North is going to be over there and the South is going to be down there. They are going to battle right here in front of the house.”
Lincee: “Naturally.”

Daddy: “We had to move the chili cook-off to the west side of the property.”
Lincee: “Well that makes sense.”

Daddy: “There’s going to be an old-fashioned dance in the driveway and your Mother is hosting a tea in the house. She wants to dress up like Scarlet O’Hara.”
Lincee: “And she should.”

I’m going to go ahead and let you guess where I will be on October 3. Western Days can not come fast enough!

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Christy
August 11, 2008 10:26 am

Suddenly you are Reese Witherspoon and your Daddy is Fred Ward and scenes from Sweet Home Alabama dance in my head.

East TX Girl
East TX Girl
August 11, 2008 10:31 am

Oh Hallsville…I just love driving through it on the way to Longview! I’m guessing that Western Days leads right into putting up the Christmas decorations on the light posts?

Shannon
Shannon
August 11, 2008 10:58 am

Well Hell’s Bells, it’s Melanie Smooter!!! Can’t wait to read the blogs about Western Days!

Rachel
August 11, 2008 11:05 am

Wow sounds like a typical converstation in my families household. You have to love East Texas

JL
JL
August 11, 2008 1:29 pm

Please post LOTS of photos.

Jen
Jen
August 11, 2008 1:44 pm

Oh Snap! I would totally wanna be there for that. PICTURES PLEASE!!!!!!!!

Greta
August 11, 2008 2:57 pm

Haha, Sweet Home Alabama is the first thing that popped into my head too!

Me
Me
August 11, 2008 3:17 pm

Sounds very interesting. As a California girl, I am very very curious about all this. And curious in a good way, I love to experience new things. It is so cool that you can take part in good ole fashioned fun, we don’t get much of that here. There is definitely something to say about community and culture. I am drooling thinking about all the yummy food you will probably have there.

Christy – Love the Sweet Home Alabama mention, I was thinking that too!!!

Liz G.
Liz G.
August 11, 2008 3:41 pm

How weird – I was in Marshall this weekend – we could have met at the Sonic and had a Cherry Vanilla Limeade!! (I would have treated!) May even be there that weekend in October – but only ’cause Mama wants to go to the horse races (go figure!). Of course, if she knows there’s a Civil War Reinactment in your Daddy’s front yard, she might be willing to go the opposite direction!

Tater Mama
August 11, 2008 5:21 pm

I thought of Sweet Home Alabama, too!

Lincee, I am such a fan and can’t tell you how many times I have laughed so hard that I’ve cried! I’m at home with a 2-year-old right now, but used to teach with a group of girls who watched The Bachelor mainly because we wanted to be able to keep up with your blog! Reading your recaps is so much fun, and I’m really enjoying your whole blog. 🙂

Trixie
Trixie
August 11, 2008 5:28 pm

Lincee, My husband and I went to ETBU and drove through Hallsville every week going to Longview! We have a friend from there too. Wonder if you know him. Western Days sounds like a blast! Send pictures please!!!!

GBF
GBF
August 11, 2008 5:48 pm

Yes, you have to love East Texas. If you are in Tyler the weekend of October 17th, you can experience the oh so over the top Texas Rose Festival. You ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve seen the Rose Festival. Check out http://www.texasrosefestival.com

ashley
ashley
August 11, 2008 7:15 pm

i wish my parents were that cool!

StephanieG
August 11, 2008 7:43 pm

Lordy, Lordy, Miss Scarlett! What a fun time you’ll have!! My dear departed uncle was a mountain man and he and his people (for lack of a better term) would have been right there with you all. Thank heavens at his funeral, his guys wore their Sunday best, and left their whatnots at home.

Sunshine
August 11, 2008 8:43 pm

Can they adopt me? I swear, I was born in the wrong place and definitely to the wrong people.

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