Count It On Joy 5.18.22

On occasional Wednesdays in my infinitesimal section of digital real estate, I share a few things that brought me joy or gave me something to think about in the past week. I haven’t done one of these in over two months, and my BFF told me I should start back up again, so here it is:

Beautiful days and the color purple. “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it is always trying to please us back.” — The Color Purple, Alice Walker

New music. I’m loving a lot of recent releases, nice chill vibes perfect listening for beautiful May days:

Road trip. I moved to Atlanta as a new college graduate and made $4.50 an hour. BUT, I worked for an international hotel chain and had awesome travel benefits. Savannah and Chattanooga were easily driveable, affordable and became some of my favorite places. I haven’t been to Savannah in nearly 20 years, so I went there for some R&R before driving up to Atlanta.

Friendship. I lived in Cobb County, Georgia for almost 15 years and most of my chosen family still live in the area. Since leaving metro Atlanta in 2006, I’ve tried to make annual visits during the Atlanta University Center Homecoming activities. However, with the exception of a few quick layovers, I haven’t spent significant time in my favorite city since 2018, so I was more than overdue.

The perfect opportunity presented itself, when I learned that the child of one of my favorite couples was starring in a middle-school play. I built a mini-vacation around seeing the play and catching up with friends. Side note: I am fascinated by behind the scenes PTA activity and popcorn making/concession stand sales – but more on that at another time.

Being connected on social media, is a way to keep abreast of the daily activity and accomplishments of friends, but it just isn’t the same as laying eyes on them, getting bear hugs, laughing together, breaking bread in person and talking about all the things that don’t get posted online! Especially after the past two and a half years. I couldn’t possibly see the number of people I wanted to see while I was in Atlanta, but I was thankful for those I saw and (moreover, they all offered AND paid for drinks! Hey Friend Hey!).

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Metro Atlanta will continue to grow and evolve — case in point, where the new Atlanta Braves stadium, Truist Park is located, used to be forest area in 1993. My first job overlooked this area and my apartment was within walking distance.

Paris, lovely. Cape Town, stunning. Piedmont Park? Has my heart and of all the places I’ve been, is one of my favorite. With all of the changes in and outside the perimeter, Piedmont Park (for the most part), will remain the same oasis it has always been for me. From Freaknik ’94, first date strolls down tree lined paths, attempting to learn how to rollerblade, attending Dogwood Festivals, Sunday mornings in the dog park with my Lab, Scout, being a cheerleader for a lover as he played weekly flag football, partying during Pride celebrations and so much more, my memories of this space are vast.

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