I hate to break this to everyone here who thinks they live in, "The Valley," but this place called the Rio Grande Valley doesn't seem like a valley to me at all.

Lets look up the definition of a valley, shall we? "Valˇley: an elongated depression between uplands, hills, or mountains, especially one following the course of a stream," (Definition complements of dictionary.com). The last time you looked out your window did you see any mountains, hills, or uplands? If you did I need to start looking out of your window because all I'm seeing out of mine is flat, flat, and you guessed it, flat. There isn't even so much as a dirt mound here in, "The valley." The biggest rises in the horizon are the expressway overpasses.

Ironically, the last place I lived in was also called, "The valley." However, this valley was surrounded on all sides by miles of 6,000 feet high mountains, or as Utahns like to call them, "Moun-ains." (Saying the "T" is unnecessary in Utah. We choose to leave it out...and no, we don't say Utah, "U-ah;" we have very selective pronunciation habits).

When we decided we were moving to the Rio Grande Valley I was excited because I knew that if they called it a valley then mountains must surround it. Little did I know that the founders of The Rio Grande ... Area, apparently skipped geography.

Now don't think I haven't had this discussion with some Valley-ites before. They tell me all about how there's mountains in Mexico and mountains somewhere up north, making us, "The Valley," but I just don't see it. If you can't see the mountains, it shouldn't count. That's like saying, "There's the Rocky Mountains to the west and the Appalachian Mountains to the east, which makes Kansas a valley!"

I think the more appropriate word for this place someone oddly chose to call the Rio Grande Valley, would be a plane. "Plane: something flat or level," (dictionary.com). Much more fitting don't you think?

There you have it, your geography lesson for the day. We don't live in the Rio Grande Valley, we live in The Rio Grande Plane, or the RGP.

Corinne recently moved from Utah to Texas and enjoys pointing out the funny things she notices that are "Only in Texas." You can contact her with comments & questions at onlyintexascolumn@gmail.com.

 

Corinne recently moved from Utah to Texas and enjoys pointing out the funny things she notices that are "Only in Texas." You can contact her with comments & questions at onlyintexascolumn@gmail.com.