Home Is Where the Border Is

Living in the Space Between Two Countries Forces You to Rethink Your Definition of Community

palm trees

As soon as I spot the rows of palm trees lining Highway 77, I know I’ve arrived home. That’s the point where I roll down my windows to feel the humid and hot winds of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. When I did just that on a recent trip from College Station, where I live now, my 9-year-old son asked loudly from the back seat, “Papi, why does it smell like steak?” My response was swift: “Because Friday night lights, mijo.”

Where I grew up, we barbecue on beautiful fall Friday …

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