When I first began to visit Tomball five years ago, I was mesmerized as I watched seniors in front of me in the grocery store line. They pulled out photos of their loved ones to show the clerk and entered extensive conversations right then and there. Certainly, no one was in any hurry. For five minutes, I stood in line with my groceries watching and listening to the family tales unfolding, but I did not mind. I was in a town where people really cared about one another. It was exactly the type of town I wanted to be a part of as I sought to leave a hectic city.
As I began to explore Tomball, I found that I could drive on winding roads for several miles and hardly see another car or truck. The full slopes of greenery along Huffsmith, and majestic pines of Brown Road and Spring Creek Park poured into my spirit with serenity. I knew I had found what I was seeking when I dashed away from that large urban crawl down south despite my native roots. Somehow, I knew I would never go back. I was fast attaching to the simplicity and loveliness of my new town.
When I settled in Tomball, I began to see more of the nightlife. Night herons regularly appeared in the ditch on my street with a quiet stance and an unassuming eye. What beautiful creatures God has given us in these stately birds. I also noticed deer casually crossing my street as I learned to slow down my car at certain hours. It is a joy to have such wonders so very close to home. Being in Tomball is a little closer to the woods and the nature reserves that I crave than in the thick city such as Houston. I only hope Tomballians will endeavor to maintain our trees despite our recent and rapid expansion.
One of my favorite things about Tomball, perhaps the best of all, is the ease of attainment in simple living in this small town. In my case, groceries, drug store, post office, doctor’s office, pet store, office products, even Starbucks are all within one mile of my home. I could practically walk to these locations! I have certainly thought about getting a bicycle. The ease of getting around Tomball with no traffic congestion is wonderful. Everything I need is right at my fingertips. Store managers know me by name when I enter their shoppe. It’s simply the mark of a hometown with a heart.
Life is easy in Tomball. That’s what attracted me to begin with. Trees, horses, birds, fields and meadows. Life is real in Tomball, non-superficial, and that is why I’m going to stay.
Stephanie S. Sawyer
Tomball, TX 77375
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Why I Fell in Love with Tomball
By Stephanie S. Sawyer, Resident
Note: This essay is featured on the Tomball, TX website. In addition, it was published in The Potpourri of Tomball on July 23, 2008, and in The Tomball/Magnolia Tribune.