Back when the Texas Monthly staff was planning our February “Love Letters to Texas” collector’s issue celebrating the Texas icons and oddities that so many of us treasure, we wanted to find a way to get our readers to join in on the fun. Inviting you all to write full-length love letters would have been a bit too much to ask, so we partnered with Six-Word Memoirs to draw up a challenge requiring both brevity and creativity: write a love letter to Texas in just six words. You did not let us down with the responses you shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and our website. From odes to Whataburger to ruminations on the starry Texas sky, your wide array of to-the-point love letters painted a vivid picture of our diverse state.
We’ve compiled some of our favorite entries here, but taking a spin through the #LoveLettersToTexas hashtag on Twitter will show you even more. Pick up a copy of our April issue on stands starting March 21 to see which entries made the Horse’s Mouth section of our magazine, or subscribe by May 3 (just $15 for twelve issues of Texas Monthly plus unlimited access to our website) to receive the issue in the mail.
Odes to Texas’s Peerless Cuisine
Full before dinner, too much queso — @chamber0fsecret on Twitter
Te amo muchísimo, RGV botana platters — @bourbonitis on Twitter
Whataburger has my heart (and wallet) — Cristy in Buda
Regarding breakfast tacos, San Antonio wins — Amanda in Arlington, Virginia
Frito Pie & a cold Shiner — Rashda in Houston
Expressing Your Love for the Great Outdoors
Longhorns and bluebonnets under wide skies — Sam on Facebook
Red River sunsets and Saturday dances — Karen in Lake Kiowa
Doves at dawn, fireflies at dusk — Mike in Volente
Big Bend: America’s still unsung gem — Larry in Columbus, Ohio
Windows down/two-lane highway/thunderstorms ahead — Katie in Sherman
A Few More Favorites
These Lucchese ropers match my yarmulke —@rabbijonsiger on Twitter
Take the feeder, not the freeway — Jon in Eastbourne
Who wouldn’t brag they’re from Texas? — @zebragal on Twitter
H-E-B samples on a Saturday afternoon — Tamara in San Antonio
One more trip down the Comal! — @jazziethechow on Instagram
Thank you to all of our readers who rose to the challenge! If you missed out on the action, we’d still love to hear your six-word love letter to Texas. Send it to us at [email protected] or share it on social media with the hashtag #LoveLettersToTexas.