We have returned home to the Metroplex after a wonderful two-week sojourn through much of Texas and a good bit of Louisiana.
I want to revive one memory of that trip. The flowers pictured with this post are Texas bluebonnets, the official state flower. These particular blossoms greeted us at the gate of Pedernales Falls State Park, which is about a 15-minute drive from the grave of one Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of the 36th president of the United States.
I thought a lot of Mrs. Johnson as my wife and rolled through the South Plains and into the Hill Country en route to the Golden Triangle and then to New Orleans. You see, Mrs. Johnson made “beautification” the theme of her time as first lady.
We were informed on our trip that this spring has produced a glorious extravaganza of bluebonnets, Indian paint brush and assorted other wildflowers along our state highways. Lady Bird would be proud.
Then it occurred to me that some years ago — I cannot remember when, precisely — the Texas Legislature pondered whether to re-design the state’s license plates to include an image of a bluebonnet in full bloom. It’s the official state flower, yes? Yes!
So why not adorn our state license plates with this image?
As I recall, some legislators objected to the flower design because — and this can happen, one might argue, only in Texas — they thought the image lacked a certain machismo.
I happen to disagree with that notion.
I also believe the bluebonnets would make a wonderful symbol to grace both ends of our motor vehicles.
Lady Bird Johnson used the influence of her unelected office to advance the cause of gussying up this state — and the nation.
The flora my wife and I saw on our trip through Texas shows the glory of what Lady Bird intended. She succeeded.
Why not honor this dedicated Texan, legislators, by memorializing our license plates with the state flower?
Just set the macho crap aside and do the right thing.