Am I Really?

June 15, 2008

I have lived in a lot of states and cities. But I never thought I would end up in a very small town north of Abilene. Actually, I was born in Oklahoma and moved to Texas in 1978. In between the being-born time and 1978, I worked for various newspaper in various capacities, i.e., typesetter, pasteup and layout, society editor, and was eventually chosen to be the editor of a small-town weekly newspaper in Ohio. My husband and I belonged to the International Typography Union, which gave us the freedom to travel all over the United States and work at any union newspaper. Growing up in the 1950’s in an Oklahoma town of 15,000 was a little stifling. I married my husband in 1961, and we proceeded to see as much of our great country we could before starting to raise a family. (This as, after all, the 1960’s.) We did. We worked in Tulsa, Ft. Worth-Dallas, Albuquerque, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, Spokane, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Helena, and any other town we decided to stop in and stay awhile. It was great. But we knew it couldn’t last so we settled down in Tulsa and worked for the Tulsa World until my husband graduated from college with his B.A. We moved to Norman where he got his M.A. and Ph.D. in European history. The fall after graduation, he got a job at a university in Abilene, where he taught for 29 years. We have lived and retired (I as a teacher) in Texas. So, really, am I a Texas girl?