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Bluebonnets On Parade! (Part Two)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, March 29, 2012

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More bluebonnet hunting!

Image of Texas Bluebonnets (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

Seems hard to believe that such a small blue flower could cause such a sensation, but that is exactly what these Texas Bluebonnets are doing.

People are driving from out of state just to get a glimpse of these blue beauties that last about a month; and it seems that this year's blooms are a bumper crop: there are thousands, no, perhaps, millions, of them!  It isn't uncommon for me to see cars parked at the side of the road or people posing in amongst the flowers and taking pictures.

Sure seems funny that people can get excited like this while I, a Texas native, have really never taekn an interest in 'em.  Oh, I see 'em every year, but I've never really gotten excited about it.

Personally, I see them as a weed.  They may be pretty to look at, but as far as I'm concerned, they're nothing but a nuisance.  For one thing, when the "Texas Blues" are in bloom, one cannot cut the grass.  And another thing: they seem to attract snakes, both venmous and non-venomous.  Nothing doing!  I'm not gonna be the one stickin' her hand where it doesn't belong, only to get snake-bit!

People may hate me for saying that, but I don't care.  I don't really care for 'em.  I just don't understand all the hoopla behind the Texas bluebonnets.  Maybe it's 'cause they're the State Flower of Texas, I don't know, but I do know this much: if one picks 'em or tromps down on 'em, they can get into a whole heap o' trouble.  I would rather not have any in my yard, thank you very much.

Now there's a yellow weed that's threatening the bluebonnets:  if these yellow weeds get plentiful enough, they can choke the lily-livered space out of the Texas bluebonnets, and therefore, they could be threatened.  I really don't care.  A weed is a weed is a weed as they say.  I do get sad at the thought that they could be killed by the yellow monsters, but as for me, I have really never taken into heart the true significance of the Texas Bluebonnet and what it  means to most Texas folks (or visitors).

Maybe if I set off one day and really look at a Texas bluebonnet up close, I'll change my mind, but as I alluded to earlier, they aren't THAT special to me!  A weed is a weed is a weed ....  

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Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/29/2012
Well updated, Karen.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/29/2012
Beautiful write Karen.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/29/2012
Bluebonnets ARE special, because it's like the sky fell to Earth ... they're BEAUTIFUL, 'weed' or not. They're special to TEXANS. Well done, Karen!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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