A tourist in my own town

Tammy Ammon
Tammy Ammon

I’ve had a love affair with adorable town squares for as long as I can remember.  Cowboy, my other half, has often said the unicorn I am hunting in life is a grand old farmhouse on a hundred acres in the middle of a town square.  Yes, most definitely a unicorn!

But I have to say that living in Somervell County is just about perfect. We’re just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Glen Rose town square – filled with delightful shops, good eats, and quirky finds that make it special.

Whenever Cowboy and I have guests, we often take them into town and show them all that is Glen Rose. Heck, we used to be those tourists dreaming of finding our own spot. So on one recent gloriously sunny, albeit slightly windy day, I decided to be a tourist in my own town. Just me, myself, and I.

I drove on down to the square with no time clock and no agenda.  Just me and the town I’ve come to love.  I wandered from shop to shop trying on clothes, laughing at funny signs, looking through stacks of old books and farmhouse antiques.

The shopkeepers were all gracious as they asked if I needed help and shared their favorite finds.  I took time to notice the quaint little parks tucked in between buildings and historic old structures standing firm.

When I really opened my eyes to see all that is our little town, I saw a treasure trove of genealogy secrets, dinosaur footprints, and galleries.  How perfectly farmtastic! There is just something about a square that makes this farmgirl’s heart sing.

Sometimes it’s easy to miss what’s right in front of us with all the glory of the Internet and the dreams of faraway places. But this day was about the act of experiencing where I live.  Talking to people, supporting the town, and basking in gratefulness.  Because I am exactly where I am meant to be.

As springtime is filled with bright sunny days, it’s the perfect time to look around and become a tourist in our own town.  If you haven’t been out and about lately, some of my favorites include:

  • The River House Grill for their amazing Harvest Flatbread.
  • Miss Dixie’s Cottage, White Buffalo Mercantile, and Tracks In Time Too for sweet finds from farmhouse chic to curvy girls threads. 
  • The Happy Hippo for the best Chai Tea latte this side of the Mississippi, as well as owners who will welcome you like family and make you laugh. (Not on the square, but a perfect spot to start your day.)

Glen Rose has something special to offer each and every one of us. One of our recent farm visitors remarked, “Everyone in this town is so friendly, from the Dairy Queen to the square.”

Glen Rose truly is a special place.  I encourage you to get out and do a little strolling; it’s good for the town and the soul.

Tammy Ammon is a Somervell County resident, blogger, farmgirl, wife, and mom to a gaggle of fur-kids. She shares her rarely graceful, sometimes challenging, and always hilarious farm life on her blog – myfartmasticlife.com. Contact her via email at tammyammon@yahoo.com.