Meet Ashten. My little cousin aka a pretty girl or perhaps, dare I say, a gorgeous woman. Having some reservation with the previous words, only because that means I’m no longer a girl myself, but a woman too. A mom even. The thing about Ashten is, not only is she beautiful, but she’s smart, level headed, and compassionate. She’s fiercely loyal to her family. A pediatric nurse. And did I mention she’s a Texan, too? As am I.
So why all the hoopla about Texas, when this is clearly a “fashion” shoot? Well, I’m partial to the background of these images because they’re of the ranch I grew up on in Texas. Not that anyone will be able to focus on anything else other than the foreground *wink, wink*
Anyhoo, I think Steinbeck explains the Texas pride we Texans have better than I can.
“I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study and the passionate possession of all Texans.” -John Steinbeck, 1962.
Thanks for the fun time, Ashten.