Touching Texas Soil: Making Sure Your Baby is Born a Texan

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A very relatable article for Texpats was written by John Schwartz of the NY Times – a science writer who regularly contributes on topics related to the health of the planet. His focus for this particular story, however, wasn’t so much about Earth (in the planet sense) as it was earth…meaning dirt. Texas dirt, to be specific. Schwartz’s article focused on the fact that he presently has to live outside of Texas. Like many who have been born and raised in Texas but find that their life’s passion has taken them elsewhere, Schwartz wanted his child to be born in Texas, on Texas soil in fact. So, what’s a guy to do when both he and his wife, having been born Texans, are living in New York state? The results were humorous, albeit quite practical.

“When my wife, Jeanne, was pregnant with our first child, in 1987, we couldn’t fly to Texas for the delivery, but I did come up with a plan: Get some dirt to put under the delivery table. It might sound like a nutty idea, but it wasn’t a new one. I first heard of it during a study abroad program in Siena, Italy, in the 1970s,” Schwartz explained in his article. He began by expounding on the variety of staff that worked at the NY Times, the status of he and his wife’s situation during pregnancy number one, and the soil concept that he came up with based on a Sienese practice in Italy. He went about the process of obtaining dirt from a variety of locales in Texas, including his hometown of Galveston. Not only that, but friends helped along the way. The variety of Texas soil was enough to fit in a baggie, which he had planned on placing beneath the delivery table upon the arrival of he and his wife’s first born.

Touching Texas Soil: It Is Touching in Every Sense of the Word
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