Bones Hooks' Classic Chili Prayer
As recounted in his own wonderful vernacular, Mathew "Bones" Hooks said:
"Lord God, you know us old cowhands is forgitful. Sometimes I can’t even recollect what happened yestiddy. We is forgitful. We jes' know daylight and dark, summer, fall, winter, and spring. But I sure hope we don’t never forgit to thank you before we is about to eat a mess of good chili. We don’t know why you have been so doggone good to us. The heathen Chinee don’t have no chili, ever. The Frenchmens is left out. The Rooshians don’t know no more about chili than a hog does about a side saddle. Even the Meskins don’t get a good whiff of it unless they stay around here. Chili eaters is some of your chosen people. We don’t know why you so doggone good to us. But, Lord God, don’t ever think we ain’t grateful for this here chili we’s about to eat. Amen.”
Mathew "Bones" Hooks, famed cowboy, an Amarillo civic leader and the first African American to serve on a Potter County grand jury. You can read more about his remarkable life here: https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhoal
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.