Eagle in my Backyard
- Claire Pumphrey
- Huggins Elementary – Fulshear, Texas
I was sitting next to the fire, huddled under thick warm blankets. The power was out, and water was dripping into our sinks. Wind howled down our chimney and snow made a blanket of white outside. Suddenly a big black‐brown and white bird swooped down over the snow covered trees, “Look a bald eagle!” I heard my dad say. This made me think of why I am proud to live in Texas.
Whenever there is a natural disaster like this snowstorm, I know that Texans look out for one another. Texans help each other find food, shelter, water and gas. My mom knows she can always count on HEB to get water and food to people. My dad always loads up his truck with tools and a generator to help people fix flooded homes or burst pipes. It makes me proud to see him help others.
Many people in Texas like raising cows. At my family’s land, we have cows and lots of baby calves. My brother and I like to go to the farm. We climb on hay barrels and play. In spring, bluebonnets bloom and butterflies fly all around. I love how it feels each time we pull into the gate at our farm.
Every fall, my family likes to go pecan picking. We take bags and our wagon out in search of pecans. We walk along my neighborhood’s trails, crunching on fallen leaves until we find the pecan trees. My brother and I have contests to see who can find the most pecans. My dad cracks them and my mom bakes them into yummy pecan pies.
This year I am most thankful to live in Texas because I can go to school. I love seeing my friends face to face and not on a computer screen. It makes me feel important to have a place to go every day and a classroom full of friends to laugh and learn with. I went back to staring at the eagle. I am SO proud to live in Texas!