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The Legend of Lone Star Bob and Bluebonnet Betty

one Star Bob was born on a big ranch outside of Lubbock, Texas. He and his favorite horse, Tex, would spend the days tending to the cattle and watching the oil pumps go up and down. He loved Texas so much - the beautiful sunsets on the plains of Lubbock and Amarillo, the Rocky Mountains of El Paso, the gorgeous green belts of Austin. And he loved to go to South Padre Island to lie on the beach and build sand castles. But his favorite place to be was his ranch, Lone Star Ranch, where he and Tex could do anything they wanted.

     One day, Lone Star Bob was mending a fence alongside the highway. Tex was with him, chomping on some sweet green grass and flowers growing wild along the road. All of a sudden and out of nowhere, a small stone came flying through the air and hit Tex. Tex let out a loud neigh and Lone Star Bob jumped up, mad as can be.

     "Hey there! Who threw that stone at my horse?" cried Lone Star Bob.

     "I did!" said a voice.

     Up walked a flower, the most beautiful flower Bob had ever seen. She was a bluebonnet and she was the most lovely shade of blue.

     "Who are you?" Bob asked.

     "I'm Bluebonnet Betty. How dare you let that horse eat my bluebonnets? Didn't you know that the bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas?"

     "Yes...I did...but..." stuttered Lone Star Bob.

     "Well, then, I suggest you let them be and stop letting your horse make lunch out of them," said Bluebonnet Betty. "I don't let anybody mess with Texas."

     Lone Star Bob and Bluebonnet Betty talked for hours and realized how much they had in common. They both loved Texas more than anything. From then on, they were best friends.

     These days, Lone Star Bob and Bluebonnet Betty are always traveling around the state teaching all you kids about Texas's history, geography, and other neat facts. Look out for them. You might just spot them riding into your town someday!


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