I adore Oklahoma. Sean and I had a lovely, but long, road trip out West from where we lived near Washington, D.C. Once we crossed the final state boarder into Oklahoma we were in awe of its beauty and instant serenity. We chose to live in Owasso, and have been here only just a few weeks now.
It already feels like home.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to best describe this unique state of the country…state of our lives…state of mind. It only feels right to describe it from the heart of it all – my senses. I hope this provides a brief perspective of what Oklahoma feels like to a newcomer:
It’s the feeling…
…of a comfortable breeze brushing your newly Southwestern sunburnt skin every minute of the day.
…of a dry September heat. It’s a heat that packs a “Welcome to Oklahoma” punch to pale newcomers from out East.
…of holding Sean’s hand as we take in this much needed change in our lives.
It’s the sight…
…of white puffy clouds against a baby blue canvas; straight out of the opening of a Simpsons episode.
…of the sun bursting through the clouds while setting over a calm lake, uninterrupted by an endless breeze.
…of nodding heads, open doors, and smiling faces saying “Mornin!” and “Hey there!”
It’s the taste…
…of sweet, smoky, slowly roasted barbecue.
…of locally grown and soulfully seasoned vegetables.
…of a perfectly strengthened mocha latte from my new favorite coffee house.
It’s the sound…
…of patience. Anyone know that sound? It’s standing in line without hearing complaints. It’s listening whole heartedly to a stranger’s story without thinking of where you need to be or how time may be ticking away. It’s accidently spending too much time looking at my GPS after a traffic lighted turns from red to green…and no one beeps at me.
…of roosters crowin’, cows mooin’, and horses snufflin’ early in the mornin’.
…of…(go ahead and giggle)…the wind as it comes sweeping down the plains. Literally. The musical Oklahoma! doesn’t lie.
It’s the scent…
…of torched hickory wood smoking up a pork shoulder all…day…long.
…of grateful growth from the grass after a much needed rain.
…of nearby campfires surrounded by celebrations of a new season and reunited friendships.
What a beautiful land to live in. We’re mighty glad we came here.
So that’s what I’ve discovered so far. More updates to come 🙂