Favorite Spot: Clark Park
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 43rd and Baltimore
I am: a teacher of young children, an artist, a dog mom, a hopeful romantic.
Years in Philly: < 1
Current Home: West Philly
My Love Note:
I came to Philadelphia for love. As a recent college graduate living with my grandparents in an over fifty community in New Jersey, I had no idea where I was going until I fell in love. It all happened so fast. The graduating, the moving, the freaking out, the falling, the moving again, and then again… Four months after falling head over heels, I was left flat on my face in a cold, strange city that I barely even knew. It was then that I was left with the choice: to stay or not to stay. Staying meant starting over, leaving meant starting over. No matter what I did, it was going to be yet another change, something I had grown accustom to over the past five months but was still terrified of. Change is scary and exciting all at the same time. So many things are constantly changing, but I feel like I always look for some sort of consistency. There’s always something that makes change somewhat comforting to me. Something that makes it a little less scary and a little more exciting. Turns out Philadelphia was the consistency in this new change in my life, so I decided to stay.
The walk from my apartment to Clark Park before work each day helped heal my aching heart and I started to fall in love again, this time with Philly. I spent countless hours on benches and laying in the grass watching my dog play and just sitting with my thoughts until I really got to know myself again, this time as a Philadelphia resident. Just as summer was finally ending, my new life was finally beginning. I had taken a couple wrong turns to get there, but I made it. I started from scratch and created something beautiful in this strange, cold city that I now call my home. And I expect many more changes to come, some completely terrifying and others completely exciting, and most of them a little of both. I’m not worried though. After all we’ve been through, I know Philly’s got my back.