Grayson County is like living on a TV show



For years, I watched the “Gilmore Girls” TV show and thought about how fun it would be to live in a town like the little one featured on that show.

This city is a fictional representation of a city in Connecticut. Being the fall lover that I am, this city makes me nostalgic at this time of year.

But what I really love about the show and the fictional city is that there’s always something going on. There are the most amazing festivals and celebrations for anything and everything and there are always a lot of lovely people, albeit a little bit crazy, doing crazy things.

As I stood on the grounds of the Municipal Building in downtown Sherman on Saturday, I was struck by the fact that I didn’t have to walk away.

Grayson County is a big, and growing, Star’s Hallow.

This place is alive with festivals from around Easter to New Years. From the time the low temperatures go above freezing until after New Years, this place celebrates everything under the sun with a kind of carefully orchestrated party and wonderfully presented in public. From small town soccer games to pumpkin patch fields to Christmas tree farms and an entire lake full of summer fun, we’ve got it all.

Of course, we also have characters. And some of them are really colorful. In fact, some of them even rival those written for the screen. I will not name any names. I think it’s best that way because it allows everyone to remember the particular characters in our part of this fabulous place and keeps my box from getting stuck with people filing their disagreements.

But what we also have is this wonderful group of people who recognize and respect the eccentricities of others with the same level of acceptance of love as they do.

During those many months, this whole pandemic – which is still ongoing for that matter – has made it harder to feel so much a part of this magical, crazy place we live in. But in a way, the way each of us responded to this challenge and the way we faced it or, for some of us, refused to face it, also made a difference. we a part of this wonderful place.

All of that to say that this is just the start of one of the best times of the year in this little part of Texas we call home. I hope we will all do everything we can to take advantage of this and that each other is as safe as possible at outdoor and socially remote events in which those who have been vaccinated are participating.

Because unlike television, here in the real world magical people can be erased from our loving community if we don’t do all we can to protect each other.

Jerrie Whiteley is the criminal justice editor for the Herald Democrat. She can be contacted at


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