I’ll Just Apologize In Advance For Writing Yet Another “Things I Love About Living Here” Post

Well, I have to say, I really didn’t see this one coming.

As I may or may not have mentioned, moving to Bell Buckle has been a really good choice for us.

(YES, I realize I am constantly yammering on and on about that, but I am not even done yet. Sit back down. And if you want to accuse me of being an insufferably annoying one-woman Chamber of Commerce for this dang town, now would be a good time.)

ANYWAY, ever since we got here, it’s like the planets aligned and all of us (and trust me, the fact that I can type the words ‘ALL OF US’ there just made a pretty, pretty rainbow magically appear over my computer screen) have not only settled in at an alarmingly fast rate, but we are all unilaterally happy about it. That is no small thing, considering once you sell your old house and buy another one it’s kind of a moot point if someone on the team suddenly decides they’d rather not move after all– which I believe is the real estate equivalent of the old adage, “You can’t put them biscuits back in the can, Junior.”

To be completely honest, when we moved to the ‘burbs of Brentwood from our home of 21 years in the heart of Nashville, our sweet Madi Rose never really settled in. And by ‘never really,’ I mean for the next seven years she basically took every opportunity to A) totally trash-talk the B’hood and B) remind me that this whole re-locating thing was SO not her idea! Granted, she was also a card-carrying teenage girl at the time, so even though she is truly a completely remarkable, delightful person and I love her with all of my heart, let’s just say that around 14-15 years old, angst-ridden drama was not exactly wild, uncharted frontier for her. However, I took it all with a grain of salt because having once been a teenage girl myself, I fully realize that the adolescent tsunami of hormones often temporarily cuts off the blood supply to your personality.

But you know what? It kind of hurt my feelings.

One of the deciding factors in making that move was that it would put us closer to her school at the time, thus making access to her friends easier.  And according to all of the “How To Be The Perfect Mother” manuals, stuff like that is important. But as in so many areas of parenting, sometimes doing what you truly believe is best for your child doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to understand and appreciate it, much less suddenly go all happy Von Trapp-y on you and start dancing around singing about a few of their favorite things. At least that has been my experience. Anywho, we all survived, Madi found a school she liked even better than the one we moved to Brentwood for, then she moved on to college, and we are now at the point that she sometimes even (grudgingly) admits there were *a few* things she actually liked about living there! So maybe now you can see that this time even though everyone SAID they were on board about moving to Bell Buckle, I had a few concerns that the reality of it all might not match their expectations…

Thankfully, as you dear readers well know, our expectations have been wildly exceeded in innumerable ways.

But one of the most unexpected gifts that came with moving to Bell Buckle, that aforementioned ‘thing I didn’t see coming’, is that I have found myself plunked right smack down in the middle of a bunch of really extraordinary women. Seriously, it’s like an embarrassment of riches around here– they are all different ages, from all walks of life, and every last one of them has proven to be ridiculously interesting. I feel like I hit some kind of estrogen-filled jackpot! I’ve made friends just walking around town, and by serving on the Arts Council, and from being included in a supper club. I’ve met women I aspire to be like, women who make me laugh until I get the hiccups, amazingly creative women, genteel Southern ladies and rowdy girls. They are writers, mothers, business women, farmers, lawyers, singers, homemakers, educators and artists. They are married, single, church-goers, partiers, high school educated, multi-degreed, flashy and low-key. And they have welcomed me so thoroughly and so well, that I can’t wait to bring all of the fabulous women in my life here to experience them!

(And you know who you are…)

(I’m lookin’ at YOU, Calla Lilies!)

(Also every female member of my birth family and extended family.)

(Don’t forget my Nashville friends)

(And my internet lades)

(OK, I’ll stop now.)

So, every Tuesday there is a standing reservation at the Bell Buckle Cafe for our Ladies Lunch. We’re never completely sure who or how many will be showing up, so we always leave room at the table. If you’re ever in town on a Tuesday, you oughta come join us– or at the very least, get a table behind us and scootchie your chair back so you can shamelessly eavesdrop…

I just love these women. I belong here.



3 Responses

  1. Nova Scotia Mama

    Tori I wrote this when I saw your picture:

    My front porch swing is a cherished spot
    Free from life’s many cares
    All around me I am embraced
    By the beauty that nature declares

    Settled in nicely with a book
    And my favorite cup of tea
    The stress and busyness of today’s events
    Just become a memory

    Tomorrow is a new day
    With blessings and worries unknown
    I’ll pray and reflect at sunset
    In this little paradise all my own

  2. tori

    Nova Scotia Mama: WOW! That’s so great– and it perfectly describes my feelings! Thank you for sharing that.

  3. LindaB

    Gee whiz! I haven’t been paying attention! I missed this post! And I loved reading it tonight! I’m so happy that you’ve “found where you belong”! Enjoy! It looks good on you.

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