My Life In Five Acts
Act One - Growing up in the East Texas Bible Belt
Act Two - Party Days: Leaving Home and Moving to Houston
Act Three - Meeting my life partner Art, Attending College, Working in the Theatre
Act Four - Dodging Hurricanes: Our Decade on the Beach, the Joy of Labrador Retrievers
Act Five - Returning to East Texas with the Love of My Life, our Friend Greg, and my Beloved Furkids
On our first visit to the property Art said, "I feel like this place is hugging me." It was an astute observation.
The bid was accepted, loan approved, contract signed, inspections done. We expect to move before the summer is over. The house sits on sixteen acres at the edge of the Davy Crockett National Forest. The property is surrounded by grazing pasture on two sides and dense woods on the other. The pond is stocked with fish. There's nothing really fancy here, just a modest country house with trees and a field for the dogs to run and play in. Even so, this will be our forever home and I'm as happy as a possum sucking on a prune. I can't wait for the furkids to see their new stomping grounds.
We're not anticipating a warm welcome from Southern Baptists and other evangelical denominations - but then my faith in the kindness of red state America has dwindled ever since the Republican Party placed committed same-sex couples in its crosshairs. This is, after all, the buckle of the Texas Bible Belt. Art, Greg and I plan to adopt a low profile - by design, not fear of intimidation - and we hope our rural neighbors will return the favor. We certainly don't see ourselves living as hermits. If there's a community theatre within 20 miles, I may broadcast my backstage bona fides and offer to direct a play. (I wonder how the area's arts council would respond to a production of The Vagina Monologues?) On a more serious note, we will of course be contacting local animal rescue shelters and apply to foster difficult and special needs dogs. There will be weekend outings. I intend to frequent flea markets and antique shops and really any place where progressives might gather.
If there is a conflict with Bible thumpers I will write about it. If we are treated with respect and discover new friends, I will write about that too. I am open to all possibilities because, well, isn't this what life is about? (More after the jump...)