An era has passed. Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson passed away yesterday afternoon. You’ve probably already heard the story seventeen times on the radio or TV. Its all over the news. I’m sad. I never met her, but somehow I feel the loss. She’s a cultural icon within my state, my home. I love Texas, and she helped make it great.
You can’t go anywhere in central Texas without seeing the name LBJ or Lady Bird at least once. Johnson City, KLBJ (not to be confused with KLBJ), LBJ Ranch, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Library and Museum are just a few of the things I can think of at the top of my head. To be fair, some of these things are about the former president, but you get my point.
Lady Bird Johnson was behind my great city’s park and running trails close to downtown (infinite thanks for that, its one of the things I love about Austin), was behind beautifying our highways, planting wildflowers, and I’m sure other things I don’t even know about. Lady Bird Johnson contributed to my community, she’s part of my world.
We were lucky to have her as long as we did. Her passing is our loss. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it to her memorial service or not, but I hope to. If I miss, I’ll go visit the LBJ Library soon.