I went to visit my parents new home south of Dallas. The VA is in Waco and they go there often. Waco is one of the bleakest cities I’ve been too, and I’m sure is even more oppressive in the summer heat, when everything just withers and dries up.
…until you crest one final mountain ridge and below you the lights of El Paso fill the wide valley of the Rio Grande. We drove through town to find the Interstate heading north in the dark and called our friends to wish them Happy New Years and to hear familiar voices