I’ve mentioned before how I spent summers in Kansas after my parents split up. And I’ve shared how I worked hard, long hours bucking bales of hay. But my recent trip there, for my Mom’s memorial, reminded me how Kansas is awesome in the springtime.
Elgielene and I drove through the countryside a few times while we were there. And she must’ve commented a dozen times how green and lush it looked. The hills and valleys were almost emerald. And I’m sure it stood out more to us because, back home in Colorado, Spring wasn’t that far along yet.
Plus, we both noticed the blooming redbud trees everywhere. And tulips had already put on their beautiful hats of red, pink, orange, and yellow.
Eastern Kansas is awesome in the springtime.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people disparage Kansas by commenting that it’s “so flat.” But I just smile to myself as I remember struggling to ride my Western Flyer up those hills on my way to the swimming pool.
And I smile to myself as I think about my long drives through the hilly countryside with my trusty spiral notebook and Bic pen by my side. Then, I recall sitting on the bank of a small river and writing about the trees sitting high above the water on the other side.
I have almost endless memories like that. And sure, there ARE flat parts to Kansas. But I’ve driven up and down and back and forth through most of America. And there are flat parts to every state.
But I have a theory as to why people don’t like the flat parts of Kansas.
Because, as you drive across those parts, you’ll see lots of Christian and pro life billboards. And most people don’t wanna be reminded that Jesus is real and that He wants us to live forever. And they certainly don’t wanna be reminded of all those innocent children who never saw the redbuds, tulips, and emerald green grass.
But it’s just a theory. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Drive the flats and see the billboard message
Showing you the way is always clear.
Pay attention to the heartfelt message
Because your last day could soon be here.
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