I moved to DC (okay, NoVa to be exact) from New York via my hometown of Memphis, and love the fact that here I can get moonshine and fried pickles but still have winter sports and a subway system.
I love that DC is misunderstood and can play the victim. The city as a whole doesn’t deserve the conniving (or worse! boring) name it gets in the debates. On the same avenues as the “Washington elite” you’ll meet incredible actors, vocalists, writers and some of the most innovative designers and techies in the business – not political elites, just gifted go-getters who are passionate about their work and more creative than 10 Congresses.
I love that DC is filled with activists who volunteer their rare free time to stand up for things that matter; and I love that people come to DC from all over the world to make their voices heard.
As a dramatic writer, I love DC for the theaters that reflect old and new with equal fondness. I love seeing Shakespeare so readily available, well-produced and approachable; and I love seeing original, daring works that honor the fringe (pun intended) or showcase world premieres with flair.
But I’m not being entirely honest. The real reason I love DC is because I chose to.
Before my husband and I started packing to move here, I thought about this bureaucratic, beautiful, polished, imperfect city and decided “I want to love that place.” Because who wants to live somewhere they hate? I don’t want to take, take, take from a city; I want a place to call home.
So I decided to give some love, at least feebly. And DC has given back. For every effort I put in, I receive threefold in creative, thoughtful friends who can carry on a conversation about anything at all. I get good happy hour deals, world famous museums, flea markets and (relatively) clean public transit. I get to gawk with the tourists and brunch with the locals.
I came here believing DC is worth loving for love’s sake, and I still believe that. But this city has charmed me even more than I expected. So I write to you smitten, and hope you enjoy.