Today is Davy Crockett’s birthday. He is 229 but he doesn’t look a day over 50. He has aged well, eh? All that good, healthy, wild livin’ I suppose.
As a child, I used to watch the Disney show about Davy Crockett’s adventures, “Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier!”. If you’re old like me you probably have that tune stuck in your head now. I can’t even imagine a show like this being on Disney these days. That’s unfortunate.
I have always had a particular fondness for this man because he loved Texas as much as I do. He fought and died for her. He was a feisty one, that guy. But I think politics does that to the best of ’em.
Davy Crockett has some really incredible quotes. I’m sure most of us have heard one of his famous quotes, “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas!”, right?
During our 4 years of living overseas I longed for home. When we planned our move, we wanted to take things with us that would make our new address our home. I wanted our kids to be surrounded with familiar, things that felt like home. I wanted to feel at home. We were happy and even thrilled to experience the adventures of all that living in a foreign place could offer but in our home, I wanted it to be home.
Although we did enjoy the adventures, and we had lots of them and lots of super great ones, Singapore never became home. We embraced all there was to offer and desperately tried to make it home but it never worked out that way. It does for others but it didn’t for us. There were people who would change companies once their job was over just to be able to stay longer. I would often say that the people who did that just must not have been from Texas. There were so many factors that played into that, like having two of our children going to college on the other side of the planet, multiple family members having surgeries, sicknesses and even dying, throw in some marriage struggles and the general struggles of living in a foreign land. You know, like what kind of milk to buy and why are the eggs not refrigerated and why can’t they have clothes my size and why does a $3 tube of cinnamon rolls have to cost $16. All those little things combined with the big things made it a challenge for us. We look back and say how glad we are that we sold our house and our cars because we would have been so tempted to throw in the towel and head back to Texas.
Four years into our Singapore adventure it was time to come home. To Texas. We joked often about that Davy Crockett quote. I even bought Tommy a postcard with the quote on it for his office. It always gave us a good chuckle and in the stress of navigating through all the pieces of the transitioning puzzle, we took every opportunity to chuckle that we could.
I never felt good about posting it on social media, though, because although I was glad to leave Singapore, I was not glad to leave our friends and I would NEVER in a million years want anyone to go to hell so I didn’t even want to joke about that.
What ended up happening, once we got “home”, was just as all our other friends who had repatriated had told us to expect, it didn’t feel so much like home. Even now, after 2 years of being back in Texas, although I do love my Texas, home for me is all over the place. Home is indeed where the heart is and pieces of my heart are all over the globe.
I’m convinced that I will never feel at home until I get to my final and eternal home – Heaven. On this earth, even in Texas, there will always be an unfulfilled longing. But until I get there, I have some adventures and experiences to live and learn through. I aim to live them well.
So, happy birthday Davy, Davy Crockett. Thanks for reminding me that although Texas is a good place, it ain’t home. I’m thankful to be in Texas for the moment but I long for Home and I really really don’t want anyone to go to hell.
So… You may all go to Texas, I will go to heaven.
Go with me? Please?? I mean, you can go to Texas and that’s awesome, but I’d really love to know you’re going to heaven too. Is there a longing inside of you too? I bet there is. Texas is a good stopping off place but ultimately, let’s ALL go to heaven, shall we?
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14: 1-6