Dear St. Louis Moms,
I totally misjudged you and I’m sorry. As you may have read in my bio, I recently moved to St. Louis from Houston, TX. Before that, I was born and raised in Mississippi. While I am no stranger to living in a large city, I am a stranger to living anywhere but the South. You may hear and read that the South is full of hospitality and friendly people who go out of their way to say hi to a stranger….or more like “Hey y’all.” All of that is mostly true! I have always thought I would live in the South and am proud to say that it raised me into who I am today. However, our world did a 180 when my husband accepted a great opportunity in St. Louis this year. We knew this was the right move for our family, but how would this southern girl adjust to a place where there was absolutely no familiarity with three kids age 2 and under? Not to mention the cold weather!
My brain immediately went to a place of misjudgement. I’m human. I misjudged so much about what our life would be like here. Yes, I was excited for something new and a fresh start but so hesitant (and sometimes downright negative) as well. I misjudged how our day to day life would work. I misjudged the thought of no longer living in my comfort zone. I misjudged you.
My best friend for more than 20 years asked me the other day, “How are things going up there?” I immediately responded, “Good, Hard, Cold… but I am amazed at how nice and friendly and outgoing everyone is here.” Her response was “Why?” That got me thinking, I have no idea why I thought you would not be friendly or nice or lend a helping hand to me. I misjudged you by thinking it would be so hard to find moms and friends here who would welcome me into their circles or send me helpful ideas to make our transition smoother. I can honestly say, I’m sorry. This has been the most outgoing, helpful and overwhelmingly positive community I have lived in and I am so grateful. Moving is tough. Moving to a new city is tough. Moving with three tiny humans is tough. But you have made my heart feel so much more at ease knowing that we made the right choice moving to St. Louis. So again, sorry I misjudged you.