As a child it was annoying. There was never anything to do. The most excitement came from trips to Tallahassee. Everything closed at 6 except for Wal-Mart and back then the restaurant choices were sparce. I couldn't wait to move away, My dream was to live it large in a big city!
So after college, when I was offered a job in Atlanta, I jumped at it! I was going to get my dream. I moved into an one-bedroom apartment 15 minutes from my office... in rush hour (which if you know anything about Atlanta traffic that in and of itself is amazing). I knew no one, but I didn't care. I was in the big city!
And I loved it. I loved the cooler weather. (It may have only been 10 degrees cooler, but, trust me, it makes a difference.) I loved watching the leaves change colors. I loved all the things I could do. I was very rarely bored. The shopping was wonderful...I LOVE to shop. But most of all I loved the friends I made.
It took me six months to make my first friends.
We met through a Bible Study. We were all transplants and all had no friends in the area. I think the commonality bonded us immediately. We were also very raw with each other. I'd only had a few friends prior who I could be that real with and they still love me and want to hang out. We struggled together, laughed together, cried together, and were just together- good or bad.
As we met more people, we grew slightly. Some have married, some, including me, moved off, but we have still remained close. There is nothing I wouldn't do for these women. They are amazing, admired greatly, and this weekend I get to see them! I can't wait!!