I have a confession to make. It is something that a few know. A small elite bunch.
It is time that I get a little something off my chest. Here it goes....
My Texas accent is fake. Totally made up. I really don't have one.
OK. OK, yes, I am from Texas. Born and breed and very proud. A fourth or fifth generation Texan on my dad's side (am I right?) So needless to say, I do have an accent. God just didn't plan on it being so......thick.
I blame Amy Draper in third grade. She moved here from Breckenridge, Texas and I LOVED the way she spoke. Very thick, country accent. So I copied her. And practiced diligently on perfecting the perfect small town Texas accent. At night in bed, I would read outloud to get it just like hers. I wanted it so bad. I wanted to sound just like her.
And I did a fantastic job doing so. It is perfect.
Now mind you I am from Fort Worth, Texas. Fort Worth is not a small town, it is a big city. I went to Lubbock for college, not too small of a town. Then lived in Dallas, Austin, and now in lovely Hill Country. This is the first small town I have ever lived in. Ever.
Yet, my accent is pretty thick and I get asked all the time where I am from. Tyler? Sherman? Brownwood? Nope. Nope. And Nope. All with a smile on my face.
And it benefited me greatly in my single days. I can recall sitting at a bar in NYC laying it on thick with a bunch of yankee boys. I told them I was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. And they believed me.
Or at a bar in Miami, I had quite an audience of cute boys while I was telling of my life as a Rodeo Queen with a horse named Red Hot. I drove a red Dodge Truck with a big red trailer for my horse, Red Hot. And my rodeo outfit was all red suede. Those silly Miami boys believed me. Even though I was dressed nothing like a rodeo queen. But the free mojitos kept my fake stories of the life of a rodeo girl just aflowin'.
So yes, a fake Texas accent has its benefits.
Reason for this post.
Today I was asked where in Kentucky I was from. This was not my goal when all of this practicing was going on 25 years ago. Not at all.