Last week we discussed the fact Tyler made the top 12 of a list of happy places. To be honest, I was in a bit of a rush and overlooked a couple of observations. First, as has been stipulated here, the Disney organization bills its theme parks as the happiest places on earth. This is nothing short of fraud. It may be the happiest place on earth for children and grandparents, but not if you are a parent and have been there with your own flesh and blood.
Something sinister happens, and kids begin to act up after the first 36 hours of being told yes constantly. It should come as no surprise once they have been engorged with ice cream, candy, food and soda pop. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
At this stage of the game, I’m still a little emotionally crippled from taking my kids there to the point that even the thought of taking my grandchildren someday produces a mild panic attack. But it will surely pass with time.
Maybe by the time my grandkids get here Richard Branson or Elon Musk will be shuttling people to theme parks in outer space. The lines probably won’t be that long because everyone knows it’s really expensive to go to outer space. Hope we can afford it.
Meanwhile back on planet earth, two readers who are regulars and one from outer space responded to the question of what makes Tyler such a happy place. Pat had many things to say but particularly mentioned the presence of her family and the memories she and her husband had made together through a long and happy marriage while in Tyler.
Ruth had the following excerpts:
With my husband “always wanting to live in East Texas,” we took a month just prior to retirement in early 1990 to look from Toledo Bend to the south up through Nacogdoches, Kilgore, Longview, etc. and landed in Tyler, actually moving into our present home on Dec. 20 that year.
When you wrote “We have a good climate and are blessed with many options of places to live, worship and pursue happiness,” you summed it up just right. What more could ANYONE desire?
Having a rather nomadic childhood in a sharecropper’s family in Oklahoma, and later a military career of more than 20 moves, it has been a dream to stay put for almost 24 years now. Plus, there have been opportunities to do as much or as little as we desire —good restaurants, stage and musical entertainments, wonderful friendships, fitness emphasis and races, colleges, good medical facilities, great book clubs etc.
We have never regretted our decision ... well, maybe a couple of times ... after several 100+ degree days I may have heard “Maybe we should move somewhere cooler ...” but not lately. Luv, Ruth
P.S. My husband just said I should have mentioned how great the newspaper has been!!! ha ha (which it has been!)
Finally, the most bizarre response came from Jack. Jack either needs to sign up for a trip to outer space or quit sucking on lemons. He will obviously be the winner of a coupon for some ice cream to cleanse his palate. Ruth gets the Pharrell Williams CD and Pat will receive a special prize, yet to be determined.
Finally the conclusion of my book club ended without an appropriate nod to the faithful service of my faithful, book-loving assistant Diana who in addition to providing a proper English tea for one club to procuring other prizes over 4 1/2 years with the added pressure of working on deadlines only this business and myself inflict upon the faintest of heart.
Your assignment this week is to find a cold slice of watermelon and ignore the heat as much as possible.
And to be happy.