Where Does the “Heart of Texas” Truly Lie?

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There’s no doubt about it, Texans are known for being among the most state-proud and patriotic in the United States. Our famously hefty egos allow us to get away with such state slogans as, “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” and “Texas: It’s Like A Whole Other Country.” Visitors and residents alike enjoy Texas-shaped waffles at many hotels and cafes (You think North Carolina has state-shaped waffles? Probably not.) and t-shirts emblazoned with the images of Texas fly off of the shelves at boutiques all across the state. Texas even boasts an NFL team whose name and mascot is just, simply, a “Texan,” because what could be more of a force than that? Certainly not a jungle cat or a bird of prey as an NFL mascot.

Texans Turn Out In Droves to Help

Bastrop Fire

Photo: Flickr/Austin Community College

Paramount among the traits that make Texans special is our willingness to jump into action when our fellow Texans need help. Texans have long been known to be fiercely loyal to one another (Remember the Alamo, anyone?). But even recently, after such horrific disasters as the Bastrop wildfires in 2011, Hurricane Ike in 2008, and the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion in 2013, Texans showed up for one another in droves, looking for ways to help.

At the end of the day, Texans look out for each other. We might live in the second largest state in the United States, but we treat each other like a close-knit community. We’re proud of where we’re from and we’re proud of what it means to be a Texan. There is a brotherhood among its residents that neither creed nor geography can divide and that is, perhaps, the real “Heart of Texas.”

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