Well, we’ve officially moved back west. Our time in Tennessee has come to a close. We have loved this chapter of our lives. I remember how nervous I was to move to Memphis. Turns out, it was one of the best decisions our family has made. WE LOVE THE SOUTH.
My top five favorite things about living in Memphis:
- The Religious culture. People in the Mid-South are more openly religious than anywhere I’ve lived in the West. Traditional values are much more accepted and cherished. Churches are a big part of the community and lifestyle. People say grace over their meals in restaurants, hold bible study during Friday lunch hour, talk about God in their everyday lives. It is a sweeter, gentler, almost forgotten way of life. We soaked it in.
- The green. Memphis is lush in the spring with tall trees and so much water. I never got tired of driving under the canopy of green or seeing open fields fold into the distance. My very favorite were the white equestrian fences sloping over pastures. So much open space.
- The southern pride (pronounced “prah’d”). The south has rockin’ food, a sweet accent, strong traditions and they know it. Um Hum. It was fun to be immersed in a different way of doing things.
- The winter. Winter is mild in Memphis. You rarely needed more than a sweatshirt in the middle of the afternoon. The snow rarely stuck to the ground, it didn’t get the chance.
- The food. Lemon ice box pie, fried pickles, prawns, barbecue nachos, dry rub ribs, banana pudding, chess pie, coleslaw: The mid-south knows how to do ’em right.
Of course, of all the wonderful things about this part of the states, we will miss our friends the most.
I can’t believe that when we moved out to Tennessee, our little boy was just 8 months old! And forever, our little girl can brag that she was born in the south. Our Memphis memories are so precious.
Goodbye Tennessee. We’ll miss ya!