Yesterday, I shared tips on how to photograph over-sized flags. In the post, I mentioned that my husband and I are Texas A&M University alums. If you’re still wondering why two Aggies dare have a t.u. (sorry, old habits die hard), flag in their home. here’s the story.
For those of you still wanting the story behind why two Aggies have a rival flag, I’m so glad you’re still reading. My husband served a mission in Canada among some wonderful Chinese speaking people. Many of those he served knew that my darling loved his college in a place called Texas. They’ve heard of Texas. It has oil rigs in everyone’s backyards and people have really tall hats. They didn’t know there was a difference between Texas A&M and that other school in Austin. And they certainly didn’t understand how much American college football rivalries mean (Alabama vs Auburn, Ohio State vs Michigan, Norte Dame vs USC, Army vs Navy anyone?). Perhaps they could have understood if we talked about world soccer rivalries?
Before hubby’s mission came to an end, a friend wanted to get him a present that showed how much she knew he loved Texas (actually he loves Texas A&M, not Texas, but that is another story). She searched all over Vancouver, British Columbia for something. I guess there wasn’t a lot of Texas memorabilia up there in the days before online shopping. When she came across this flag, she thought she had a winner.
Dearest had such great poise as he accepted the flag from his friend. She didn’t really know the difference between the two universities and had really tried to find something special. We’ve kept this flag in our memories box to remember this special person who knows is in both of our lives. Occasionally we pull it out of storage for object lessons at church or something. When this friend got married a few years later, my husband presented her and her husband with Aggie T-Shirts and she graciously accepted them with an enlightened smile.
So there’s the story. Hope you have fun reading a little of my family’s personal history amongst all of my ancestor’s history. See what memorabilia photography can do? It can help you tell the stories of Y-O-U.
Now, to save some money to purchase a Texas A&M University flag to display in my Iowa home…