I moved to Lubbock, Texas shortly after my 21st birthday to attend Texas Tech University. I was scared and excited to begin a new chapter of my life as a graduate student in Human Development and Family Studies. I was also a big city girl who had lived on both the East and West Coast, in towns such as Boston, MA, New York,NY, and San Diego, CA. I grew up spoiled into believing that everything was available at the corner store or the supermarket, that there was always a store or market around the corner, and that school was always no more than a leisurely walk away. I had never heard the words “y’all”, “yonder”, or “fixin-to”, and expected the world to come with easy-to-read instructions.
When I drove to my new home, past the sign “Now Reaching Lubbock City Limits”, I imagined a romanticized version of Clint Eastwood meets Norman Rockwell. I was going to fall in love with a gentlemanly cowboy that talked sweet and treated me like I was worth a priceless diamond. Yet, at the same time, I had the image of myself becoming a modern-day female version of Albert Bandura (my absolute intellectual idol to this day); I was going to expand on his research and come up with new theories to improve the quality of children’s lives. Where was my handsome cowboy in this dream? Off adoring me for my intellect, I guess…
While I haven’t met the romantic, steer-roping, boot wearing, man-of-my-dreams (yet), and I obviously haven’t become famous for my theories on child development, I have found something beautiful in Lubbock. The city is a rich tapestry of people from different cultures, education levels, religions, and political views and the harmony here is not feigned. We may not agree about each others’ ideals, but the majority of citizens will defend your right to have opposing views. The democratic system is more than an ideal, it is practiced willingly and without exception.
There is a beauty in Lubbock that I have not seen anywhere else I have lived. Of all the places I have lived, we have the largest arts community and First Friday Arts Trail. There is ALWAYS somewhere in town to go and listen to live music playing, and it is always good. Whether you’re a drinker, a thinker, a sports aficionado,a family and church regular, or a bit of it all, you’ll find much to love in our fair city.
Come back next week for a spotlight on one of the reasons LUBBOCK IS GREAT!