Wednesday, July 15, 2009

First impressions of my new city


In case you didn't know, I moved. Not across town, nor up the interstate, but a few states away from where I grew up. I've only been in the city for a little over a day, but I have already seen that God has planned for me to be here. Always a nice contrast is that my parents are in town for a few days to help me get settled in (and also so they can see the sights around here), and noticing their reactions to things shows me just how much I've grown since first packing up my things about six years ago and heading out for the big 'ol GSSM.

Since then until now, I have not really had a real home. Sure, I've stayed at places for months at a time, but nothing seemed like it was mine. Although I had a room to myself, a kitchen, and a bathroom, I always knew in the back of my head that there was to be an end to my relationship with that area, and that end was always hauntingly close. The only anchor I had during my Clemson years was dcf. I went to the same building, took communion, prayed on the wall afterwards in the same manner nearly every week during my stay at Clemson. However, summer always seemed to destroy the sense of home for me.

Charlottesville is now my home. If I leave here, that will be defined as a vacation or trip in my mind. The recentering will occur here, rather than elsewhere. Anyway, this is a list of the first few things that I have picked up from Charlottesville, a city whose people, I believe, that I am called to love and will learn to do so through my life over the next several years.

  • I love that I live in a city where I can hear the birds over the cars.
  • I hope that my sincerity in thankfulness is well taken, it seems quite lacking and almost out of place.
  • I have already signed up to help kids discover inspiration for art in the city around them. Hopefully I'll be as inspired as they are.
  • I like that some people walk distances here. Not just to their cars, but to and from their place of work.
  • I really like my neighbor, a nice woman that lives above me. She has a cute baby boy that she pushes on his toddler swing in the evenings. She's quite talkative and has also offered me laundry services (all I have are hookups right now).
  • Sunsets are beautiful from my front lawn. The sun rests right in between a large "V" of green, and pushes right down into the tracks as it colors the sky one final time for the night.
  • I like that I can open the windows in the evening and feel a memory of a breeze.
  • Two strangers commented on my hair already. Although one was probably gay, I'll still take that as a positive.
  • I'd just like to state for the record, that I fully embrace "art in place."
  • This city has my kind of weather. I can't remember the last time I walked for over a mile and didn't sweat! Also, big surprise when I got out of the car tonight: fireflies!

Not so positive things:

  • Takes 25 minutes to walk to Kerchof Hall. I'll keep looking for quicker routes.
  • I have to wait until at least Monday to get my ID card and therefore, can begin working out.
  • Cable/internet won't be activated at my home until the 13th.
  • Rain got to some of my board games on the way up here.
  • I need a lot of furniture to make my home seem "not empty." Any donations will be accepted!