The Sunflower State is Friggin’ Awesome

Dear Readers:

Did you know that I’m from Kansas? I mean, technically I’m from Landstuhl, Germany. But, do the first three years of your life really count?
And did you know that I’m in Kansas right now? Be still my beating heart.


Kansas is where I claim to have grown up. My childhood consisted of sunflower fields, cows, tornadoes, coyotes (pronounced ki-yoat) and snakes. And all that was found just in my backyard.


Due to my extreme nostalgia, it’s no small wonder that sunflowers are my favorite flowers-second only to daffodils. I would drag these ginormous yellow and brown beauties into the house, sending my extremely allergic brother to the brink of insanity. Sorry, Pat. I thought you were just being a wuss and trying to get out of work. We didn’t know about allergies back then.

Heck, I didn’t even know about salad dressing back then.


The only thing better than being in Kansas, is being in my hometown of Manhattan, Kansas at Vista. And eating french fries with my parents while the Beatles play on the jukebox. (But, that’s a whole other side story.)

However, I’m not in Manhattan-I’m in Kansas City, which is the fancy part of Kansas. Unlike Manhattan, Kansas City has museums, real shopping, “districts”, and a major league baseball team. As a little kid, I was always intimidated by Kansas City and thought the kids here were cooler than I was.

I bet they even knew about salad dressing.


I joined Biceps on a overnight work gig, so while he is hard at work, I’m going to go see things like this at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.


And things like this. All. By. Myself. I won’t have to hurry up when I want to stay, or linger when I want to move on.

Let’s review the facts about today:
I’m in Kansas
I’m going to a museum-alone!
Biceps is simultaneously making us money
My meals are paid for

The verdict is: Kansas is friggin’ awesome.

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9 Responses to "The Sunflower State is Friggin’ Awesome"

  1. Robin Keely Nordmeyer says:

    I would have to agree! I’m from Winfield. It is down by the OK border.

  2. Janice says:

    So happy for you!! Have Fun!!

    • Rebekah says:

      Thanks-we will-even though it’s overcast, foggy and pretty gloomy. Makes me want more and more coffee. Now, that’s not a bad thing, is it?

  3. Chris says:

    I wish you were near Concordia. I have no idea why you would be near Concordia, but there you have it. Since you aren’t, have a great time and stay dry if it’s raining there like it is here! Be sure to take an umbrella and wear your wellies. (Those are rain boots they wear in Wales. I know that because friends are missionaries there and had to buy boots for most-days-in-Wales.) Mostly, have as much fun as you planned on having before you arrived!

    • Rebekah says:

      Someday, Chris, I will just have to make the trip-or you could always come to Tulsa?! We have lots of fun things to do…. 😉

  4. Mom says:

    Kansas Rules but does not have fried pickles and turkey necks! They don’t even have chitlins.


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