“If you love Memphis, It’ll love you back.”
The above quote has resonated so strongly for my family and I, especially at this time of year. We came to Memphis with no connections to anyone here. I was just offered a job, so we came to Memphis. That job allowed to experience great food, fun concerts, parks and the great water just to name a few. The one thing that made Memphis home is the family we have found since we’ve arrived.
What makes a transition to any new place difficult is not having those connections that make it home. That’s how Memphis has been different for us. On my 30th birthday (which always ends up being within a day or two of Thanksgiving) a full house of friends and their kids welcomed me with a party only someone who knows me well could’ve planned. When our daughter was born, a steady stream of visitors came with diapers, swings, and many other things we would normally have leaned on our family to tell us we needed. As we raise our daughter, we’ve been flooded with offers to babysit so my wife and I can take a night out, just to get a break. We’ve never spent a Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or any other holiday alone because we didn’t have anywhere else to go.
All things one would normally rely on family to provide has come from a group of Memphians and transplants just like us. Black, white, hispanic and asian… from as far as California, New York and many places in between… We’ve found a true family. So I’m thankful to Memphis for providing us a home and a family to fill it.