Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Memphis...

I fall in love easily. Or at least, that was the case with Memphis, when I was sixteen and declared to my mother while visiting that I thought Memphis was great and I wanted to live there.

I "left" Memphis a couple of weeks ago, but it hadn't really sunk in. Tomorrow, I'm leaving Tennessee for Berkeley, CA. The vast majority of Tennessee I'm kind of happy to be escaping, but glorious, midtown Memphis . . . Memphis, I will miss. I'm going to miss the bungalows. I'm going to miss driving down North Parkway with a canopy of trees. I'm going to miss not being able to figure out for certain if it's the monkeys at the zoo or the fratboys making noise. I'm going to miss Al Rayan's amazing food, the BBQ Tofu at Tracks, Central BBQ, the freaking Sputnik outside of Joe's Wines and Liquors, getting lost and exploring a new part of the city, Cooper-Young, the Campus Safety office, the churches, Elmwood cemetery, the random funky signs that are everywhere, hitting all the thrift stores on Summer Ave., Summer Ave., the pretty that is Peabody, driving back from West Memphis at night, the Mississippi, the flat terrain . . .

I'm going to miss that Memphis won't allow her lovers to become trapped in a white tower and forget reality, both the ways it's beautiful and flaws that need to be fixed.

Memphis, I will miss you.

2 comments:

Stacy said...

I, too, left Memphis (and bungalows and unruly college boys and funky and messy and gracious and all the rest of the mortar that hold that city's sloppy soul together) and landed in Berkeley.
And found bungalows, and unruly college boys and shrieking parrots in my orange tree. It's really going to be ok. You'll find tofu a hundred different way except barbecued. And you'll find plenty of lovers trapped in their fine towers. Just remember, Ariadne, to keep that string handy.

WordK said...

Thanks, I was needing to hear that today.

Regarding frat boys, the hostel I'm staying at is on frat row. And, I've quickly surmised that frat boys are much the same everywhere you go.