Of course they did!
Jenna Bush Hager is raising New York City-born Southerners.
Despite welcoming all three of her kids with husband Henry Hager in New York, the former first daughter is determined to keep her Texas roots alive through her children.
In Friday’s episode of Today with Hoda & Jenna, Bush Hager revealed that a friend of her mom sent "Texas dirt" to be present at her kids’ births.
"Somebody actually sent my mom Texas dirt to be put under the bed when I delivered my children so that they could be born on Texas soil in New York City," she told Hoda Kotb incredulously.
"Your kids are always going to have Texas in them. That's where they go to summer camp!" Kotb replied.
Bush Hager’s oldest, 10-year-old Mila, just finished her second year at Camp Longhorn in Burnet—the same summer camp her mom attended as a kid.
Classic Southern American accents have been fading so Hoda and Jenna are talking about their connections to the South, including why someone sent Jenna’s mom dirt from Texas, but they have a big question: Does being from Oklahoma count as being from the South?👇 pic.twitter.com/ViVz8qvpqt
— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) September 15, 2023
"And they do have Southern accents, because once I start to have a margarita and put on some Willie Nelson, I'm a whole new person," Bush Hager added with a laugh.
The Today host, who spent the majority of her youth in the Austin area, then joked that she might go even farther to preserve a Southern accent in her children: Mila, Poppy, 8, and Hal, 4.
"I’ll just put a little recording when they sleep—not in their ears because I'd hate to damage them—[that says] 'y'all, y'all, y'all.'"
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