I was struggling with what to write to commemorate my two-year anniversary of moving to Franklin, and I then I thought perhaps my love letter to Franklin might be a good idea.
You have been in my life for two years now…in fact, I showed up on your doorstep exactly two years ago today. I was exhausted when we first met because I had been driving for four days across the United States on the I-40 and I had two cats in the car, which never makes for leisurely driving. After 4 days of driving, I was pretty wiped out.
It was hot and humid and I was crabby, but mostly I was scared and feeling lost…like totally lost and truthfully, I was wondering what in the world I had done…just up and leaving my life and friends and family and moving to a place I had visited once in my life for only four days! I know…crazy right?
We didn’t know anyone. We had no friends and no family and that’s weird because usually big moves are prompted by major life changes…but not us…we were sort of pioneers.
Our first nine months were not the greatest, but you were patient with us. It took us awhile to completely fall in love with you. I hope you understand.
I had meltdowns over the silliest things, but especially when I couldn’t find something that had been part of my daily life back in Los Angeles. It was random weird stuff and my emotional overflowing gave me no warning. One minute I felt fine…the next – waterworks!
I made it through tornado season and that was a whole new experience! In fact I hid in my closet, but only once. I’m still not wild about tornadoes, but I’m learning not to freak out.
But then you gave us October…oh the blessing of October! Everyone should know a Franklin fall. You sure know how to put on a show!
I never knew fall would be so packed full of activities – from pop-up shows to festivals to harvest time…this is my first time experiencing a real fall and I love it!
By now I had made some friends and when I went to Downtown Franklin I ran into a few people who knew my name, but even without knowing very many people you were always friendly. We had a few winter challenges but we made it through and I learned to make a really good fire without a gas jet.
You attract some incredibly talented, artistically-amazing people. I know…a lot of adjectives but it’s true. There are reasons why you receive so many accolades. You deserve them, but now that I’ve been here for two years, I kind of wish they’d stop, because I don’t want to share you.
You’ve changed me, which I really didn’t anticipate. I’ve slowed down a lot. I’ve lightened up. I found my soul. I didn’t know I had lost it but I’ve discovered things about myself I never knew were buried within me. Deciding to leave my life felt so crazy, but you called me because you knew what I needed. I never believed God had a plan, but I know now that He does, and I’m so glad I paid attention. I listened with incredible trepidation, but here I am two years later and you are my home.
For all the wonderful people you introduced me to who I now call friends…thank you. For the experiences that forced me out of my comfort zone…thank you. For the kindness of strangers…thank you. For helping me face my fears and walk through the fire, only to come out the other side…thank you. For the neighbors who welcomed me…thank you. For the breathtaking beauty…thank you. For teaching me that there is a whole big magical world away from Los Angeles….thank you. For opening my eyes and my heart and helping me heal some broken parts…thank you.
I love you Franklin and I’m so grateful you called my name.
And for you…my sweet reader…thank you for your comments…your emails…your support and for going on this journey with me. People said it would take two years to feel at home…they were right. You aren’t lost for two years…but if you’re moving…know that the roller coaster of feelings are normal…tears show up at the weirdest times…you’re the new kid on the block and you have to step out of your comfort zone more than you ever imagined you’d have to. You should also know that you’ll be okay.
Thank you Franklin for blessing my life and me.
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