4th-ish time is the charm.

I didn't fall in love with DC the first time I visited, or the second, or the third. Somewhere between the fourth and the fifth visit, I was driving back to my aunt and uncle's house near Stadium-Armory and I passed Lincoln Park and the way the sun was shining through the trees made me call my mom crying because I was afraid to move so far away from home but I already knew I was going to land up here someday. I love the way the city looks in the morning. I love the way the light looks here. I love watching people take their kids to school and hustle to work and go for runs. I love the way this city runs. I wasn't a runner until I moved here. I love the way it kills me, the hills and the weather--sometimes the heat but mostly the cold. I love the way the city rewards you for your efforts: runs along the rivers, the National Mall, through Rock Creek Park, around Roosevelt Island. I love the way this city makes. DC is full of makers, rich in the sheer creativity it takes to thrive here. I love the way this city protests: with heart, with grit, with dancing, without ceasing. I love the way this city fights, the way it grieves, the way it remembers. I love the way this city love GoGo music and Mumbo sauce. I love the way that, if you love this city, if you care for it and fight for it, it loves you right back. I love the way that this city has helped me find the best parts of myself. I love the way this city loves me.

Madelyn- Good Letters DC

6 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

So In Love

As history, art and English enthusiasts, we grew up loving DC long before we moved up here from Florida after college. Now having lived and worked in our adopted hometown for nearly 20 years (currentl

You Have My Heart

I moved here two years ago without ever having visited. I hoped that I would like it enough to stay for ‘at least two years’. DC, I love you more than any city I’ve ever lived in. You have brought me

Always My Hometown

I was born in DC at Providence Hospital and lived in DC until my parents moved the family to the suburbs. My Dad,a child of immigrants, grew up on Capitol Hill and used to call the Capitol grounds his