I have lived in different parts of California my whole life. I’ve visited a lot of different places over the years as well, but if there’s any place I know, it’s California. Until a few weeks ago, I had never been to the south, except Florida, but that doesn’t count. I hadn’t even really been to any other eastern states. Yet, here I am. And I certainly didn’t know what I was getting myself into.
Here, people talk in church. Which happens in some churches in California, but I am used to attention not being put on me, and I like it that way. However, I also really like hanging out with the people I’ve met in church. I was expecting a bunch of conservative people, because in California, everyone told me that it would be too conservative here for me. It certainly is not.
I had Mexican food for dinner. It’s not California Mexican food. The beef was ground, not shredded. There were veggies in the rice. But it doesn’t make me not love my life.
I don’t know many people here yet. I haven’t started working yet, so I’m bored a lot. But I know all of this will change. I’m lonely, but content. I know that I am where I’m supposed to be.
People look at me funny when I fill my car up with diesel. And until I took the Thule box off, I got questions about it far too often. But here, people aren’t afraid to ask questions. Maybe some would say “nosy,” but I like it. I like how kind people are, how caring they seem. I like that I have been invited into a community, a family, instantly. I don’t feel like I don’t belong.
My anxiety makes me feel like everyone is staring at me all the time. I haven’t yet found “my spot.” But I have begun to make a home. I know it’s all in my head, and no one is watching me take my trash out.
Before I moved, I thought southern hospitality meant that when I moved in neighbors would bring me food. They didn’t. I’m kind of glad about it though. I’m glad that people aren’t trying to force their way into my life.
I’m rambling. But I love it here. I’m unsure still, but I can feel my heart filling. And yes, I will definitely need to adjust to the heat and the bugs. Good Lord.
Hello Alabama. Sweet home Alabama. Haha.