One of my favorite things to do in Dalhart (besides eating at La Espanola and The Grill) is going over to my Papa's house. He is just a pretty great guy. If you walked into his house right now, you wouldn't find him anywhere. I don't really know why he owns a "house!" He is ALWAYS in the garage and is ALWAYS sitting on the furnace...even when it's 80 degrees outside. His backyard is amazing. He plants the prettiest flower beds you've ever seen. The grass is always super green and mowed to perfection. The patio could use some new patio furniture, but there is a place for everyone to sit. When I was younger, we'd go over to his house for cookouts. SO fun. The whole family would meet over there and we'd spend hours playing in the HUGE pear tree in the yard. Tag, hide and seek, and the water hose kept us busy for hours. I wish we'd still get together like that as a family, it just seems no one has time for that anymore. I am pretty mad that I forgot my camera, because I planned on taking pictures of his backyard to share with you. Maybe next time, I guess. I love that little old man. He is so dear to my heart.
So...Dalhart doesn't seem near as cool as it used to. I am sure every generation has said that...and it actually just makes me feel old to know that I am, in fact, old enough to know what it "used to be like." We drove the drag, and were obviously the coolest kids in town. We went to the movie theatre, that has now been turned into a church. There was nothing (and still isn't) better than a crusty allsups burrito. I have to have one every time I come. The snow cone stands were in at least two places in town...no we are down to one. You knew everyone and everyone knew you, which I thought I hated...but realize now just how special that is. The smell of cow manure didn't bother you, you were just used to it. We rode our bikes every where. The swimming pool was $1 per person...and we were there like every day!
There's just nothing like a small town. A great place to raise a family, or at least it used to be. So, now you know a few of my favorite things about my little home town. I love this place.