I suppose -- like most everything else -- there's a grain of truth in that, however North Texas does have a bit of a spring.
Every year, the TxDOT, the Counties and various wildflower groups spend some not-inconsiderable time and money seeding Texas highways with wildflower seeds.
And, during each bit of a spring that Texas gets, the wildflowers do what flowers do best -- all up and down the medians and shoulders of Texas highways:
This has led to a bit of a tradition whereby doting parents kit out their sprogs in their Sunday finest, plonk them down in a patch of bluebonnets and take pictures.
Despite what you may have heard, there is no law against this -- at least, not that I can find -- and there is no law forbidding the picking of wildflowers.
Do try to keep in mind, though, that wildflowers propagate by way of seeds, and they've got to be around to drop those seeds. Consideration, please.
Anyhoo, this afternoon I was out doing LawDog-type things when I noticed a crew-cab pickup parked on an access road in our county. Standing by the pickup, looking across a shoulder absolutely chock-full of bluebonnets was an elderly couple, standing standing side-by-side and laughing fit to burst.
Down in amongst the bluebonnets there was a very young couple, with a very young bairn, said baby absolutely amazed by the scads of bright blue flowers and not paying the least attention to Mama and camera.
Daddy was kneeling just outside camera-shot (I guess), waving his hat at the bairn, trying to get the child to look at the camera, but the sprog was entranced by the flowers and not having a bit of it.
Finally Daddy threw a 'what-can-you-do' shrug to the elder couple, tossed his hat and pounced on the child, impromptu tickle-fest immediately ensuing -- much to the delight of the child, and all being caught on camera by a smiling mother.
It's the little things, folks. Sometimes after a week like we've just had, people need to be reminded of what's important. Family. Smiles. Hugs. Laughter. Love.
Bluebonnets probably figure in there, too.
Go kiss your Significant Other. Do some hand-holding and flower smelling. Spend some time remembering the little, important things.
See y'all on Monday.