Homecoming is next month, which means the mum craze has already hit the Lake Travis area. If you’re from Texas, you know all about this time-honored tradition. If you’re a non-Texan like me, hold onto your hats! Homecoming mums are a wild, theatrical ride.
I’ve lived in Texas since 1999, and I can honestly say there have only been two quirky things about the Lone Star state that surprised me. First, fire ants — those ferocious, little devils. Second, the homecoming mum tradition. When I first learned about mums, I thought Lake Travis residents were just being dramatic.
Surely corsages don’t hang down to the floor and cost $500. That’s absurd.
When my best friend showed me a photo of her daughter at homecoming, I was gobsmacked. In fact, my exact words were, “Are you #@$%*ing kidding me?!?”