Thanksgiving is here, and that means most of us will spend at least an afternoon with our families. Some of us, like Richard23, Dean Mortimer, and Deathburger, have mixed families. It’s hard to understand what makes someone go to the dark side, but I’m going to try.
The factors that allow a child to grow up to be a Longhorn have been debated since Emory Bellard invented the wishbone, and probably before that, just not in public forums. Boys that aren’t interested in sports and girls that are biters are pegged Longhorns before they even start kindergarten. Is it genetic or environmental? I believe that it is mostly genetic, but that environmental factors play a definite though lesser role as well.
Obviously, boys that watch Dawson’s Creek, Hannah Montana, and reruns of Beverley Hills 90120 are predisposed to be Longhorns. The question that needs to be answered is do these boys watch Dawson’s Creek because they are destined to be Longhorns, or does Dawson’s Creek push them toward Austin? It’s a vicious cycle. Longhorns will tell you that they were born to be Longhorns and they really didn’t have any choice in the matter. Even if they go to school somewhere else, they’ll be seen later in life wearing burnt orange or acting dramatic in line at Starbucks.
Texas A&M plays Texas on Thanksgiving night. A lot of us have Longhorns in our immediate or extended family. Sometimes, Thanksgiving Day can create a tense atmosphere as totally different people get together to give thanks for their families. Please don’t let ideological differences tear families apart. As you look at cousin Bill across the table, don’t hate him or think he’s wearing his Longhorn sweater just because his mother used to take his temperature with a rectal thermometer. Be thankful Bill is part of your family and put your differences aside for the afternoon.
Face it, being a Longhorn doesn’t carry the same negative connotations it once did. Madonna’s antics on live television, the MTV generation, reality television, and Spongebob have seemingly doubled the amount of Longhorns in the past decade. I may be in the minority, but I believe these people were born Longhorns and have the freedom to act and be what God intended them to be. I’m not going to hate them, and I’ll accept my relatives that are Longhorns, but I don’t have to live with them or approve of their lifestyles.
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy your time with your families, even if you are related to Longhorns.