By A. C. Greene
It is a harsh, distant state, the place the elements is usually very shut and the horizon distant. The Brazos state of long-ago Fourth of July fishing expeditions; the grass-grown is still of a manner station of the Butterfield level Line; the streets of Abilene; the sparse grazing lands below endless skies—all are made resonant by means of a local son’s affection and knowing. it's a manner of life—resilient and persnickety—that is sort of gone.
Above all, it really is humans: the author’s grandmother, who had a mortal worry of bridges and whose premonitions of unnamed calamities (that as frequently as now not happened), either alarmed and happy the younger boy; Uncle Aubrey, “who married late”; the blacksmith they woke up in the dark; the commonly used associates; the infrequent and deliciously mysterious strangers.
With humor and robust, unsentimental feeling, A. C. Greene conserves for us the invaluable eccentricities of position and person who are being flattened out—almost actually bulldozed away—by the impatient, insatiable onrush of the 20th century. His West Texas is a truly own state, yet what he seeks to percentage could be commonplace to all who get pleasure from the thoughts that tie them to their very own precise quarter of America.
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But this does not imply, the reader will understand, that I have gained infallibility. I have only hoarded observation. There are a number of places and events which should go into a proper inventory of the region, and I have left them out. I have not spent many pages, for example, on cowboy and ranch life because, while always a paramount presence in West Texas, it was not strong in my emotional experience. Neither have I gone deeply into the economic story of oil in West Texas, even though it supplies an important peg on which to hang the area.
I thought of the size and shape of the experiences that had made me and I wondered where and why it all began. How much of me was red dirt, was sand hills and mesquite under a hot, dry sun? How much was wind and long, empty plains? What was born of slow-spoken close-mindedness, gained from a frontier brush-arbor camp meeting, or what was begun in a dugout where a young girl looked in fright and hatred at the wilderness around her? And I began to see something beyond the land and beyond my blood with the land in it.
Or will all future workers in these pursuits (which have no professional demands other than a quiet satisfaction at doing a certain grade of work) be the rejects and dregs of industry rather than the deliberately self-assertive men who have traditionally done them? West Texas has its share of these hand-work jobscowboying is the most prominent. It is very possible that despite the popularity of television programs and advertisements embellishing the life of the cowboy with adventure and reward there will be none within another generation.