I love so many things about being home. As I was driving through town today, I started making mental notes of things that I love so much about being home. No matter how many times I come back, and no matter how long I'm away, I never get tired of coming home.
Here's a list of my favorite things about Nashville (I'm a bit biased):
1. The people here know me, and I know them. It's so familiar and, for lack of a better word, homey.
2. I finally feel safe again, tucked away in the midst of rolling hills and millions of trees.
3. The radio stations play real music; you know it's home when one station plays Dave Matthews, Michael Franti, Coldplay, Death Cab, and Adele. Start the hallelujah chorus!
4. Nobody, and I mean nobody drives 5 under the speed limit. If you're not driving 5-10 mph over, you're getting blown away.
5. The homeless people are so happy and active. They dance on the street corners, they talk to you when your windows are rolled down (even if you don't give them money), and they take action by selling The Contributor, the local homeless-run newspaper.
6. Nobody's shy. If you're walking or driving through Nashville, anyone and everyone could talk to you.
7. We'll celebrate any chance we get; shops and restaurants everywhere with no Mexican affiliation had parties on the streets today for Cinco de Mayo.
8. This is the only place where I can listen to country music without gagging.
9. I can drive around without the help of a GPS, and I can take any short cut I want.
10. I have memories everywhere--thank you, sweet, sweet nostalgia.
If you've never been to Nashvegas, Cashville, Smashville, Music City... you're missing out.