Saturn square Neptune. Clarity is so hard to come by. Recently my husband made a remark that explained a lot to me.
My husband is from the South…and Latin America. He’s also, Italian and Arab if you want to talk about DNA. But he did grow up in America and several countries in Latin America. We met in my hometown, Tucson, as teenagers.
In his shoes, it makes sense a person would try to figure out the people in whatever city they were in. He decided at the time, the people in Arizona were similar to Southerners.
“They’re country…you’re western. Together, you’re country western.”
The people around here are “country”. They call themselves that. It’s a point of pride. I don’t know that I feel the same about being “western”, but I can’t deny I relate to the concept and I’ll tell you how I know.
I was sitting in the local salon, getting my hair done. There is an old man who comes in there to visit. Actually, everyone comes in their to visit. Or drop off tomatoes or cake or soup or whatever. But this man, I liked him instantly. For one thing, he was wearing a cowboy shirt…a western shirt. I recall feeling this kind of familiarity. This was long before my husband explained this to me.
“I like that shirt,” I said.
“Me too,” he said. Turned out he’s a Southerner, a local man, but he lived in, Texas, for twenty-five years. So he’s, “country western”, I’d say.
The dancing is different. It’s all banjos around here. They stomp and stuff. In Tucson, it was western swing music. But there is a kind of simpatico between the two cultures.
Both groups place high value on independence and hard work. They like to solve their own problems. They’re nice but not keen to take much crap…from anyone for any reason.
I thought this might be interesting to read on a number of levels. If nothing else, it seems a good idea to focus what you have in common with others as opposed to your differences. But what I really like is concept, the cultures combine to make something.
My husband figured this out via taking to cowboys. “Where I’m from, we eat cows. Never thought of hopping on their backs and ridin’ ’em.”
He was a big hit, you can imagine.
How do you fit in? Can you think of a culture that would blend well or compliment your own?