As many of you know, I rarely stray into the territory of personal thoughts and/or information. But a series of events in the past 24 hours has prompted me to do some public reflecting.
John and I have only been in Charlotte for one week, and are only able to move into the new house this weekend. But we have experienced such a change of culture that it has been quite eyeopening. We have been treated more as real-life human beings — with courtesy, respect and genuine acceptance — in the past week than during the six entire years we lived in the DC metro area.
The people we have encountered in Charlotte are so kind and open that it has been such a pleasant change from living in the “what can you do for me” environment of the nation’s capital. I am so happy to have made the move down here that I wonder what took me so long to escape the self-absorbed mindset of DC.
We have good friends in the DC area… and they have always been great. But it is the change of the attitude in “strangers” that has been so refreshing. I cannot tell you how many people have turned around in a cashier’s line just to say hi or to engage us in a conversation. That was unheard of in Northern Virginia.
We have even been invited to a Christmas party already in Charlotte — something that never happened the whole time we lived in Virginia.
So I wanted to take this space to thank my new hometown for welcoming us with wide open arms. We are so happy to be here and looking forward to many more years of genuine Southern hospitality.