A Love Letter to Seattle, WA
When I first visited you in March 2015, I didn’t think I would fall in love with you as much as I have. I remember the first time I saw your skyline I was enamored at how beautiful you were. As we drove past your skyline I sat quietly in the car feeling a sort of excitement fill my heart. Like a little girl with a high school crush. Some part of me knew you were the city I would call home for the next four years, but I had some doubts. I had heard most of the time you are crying and are gloomy. I also heard through the grapevines that you weren’t always nice to new visitors, something called the Seattle freeze… but for some reason I was fascinated with you and wanted to give you a chance. Well four years later, I’d like to say you didn’t disappoint. In fact you were everything I imagined and more.
Seattle, you are a beautiful city that has given me so many firsts and so many experiences that I don’t think there is a way I could fully thank you. You are the city where I first fell in love. You are the city where I met some of my best friends. You are the city where I became the woman I am today. You made me independent. You pushed me out of my comfort zones in ways I didn’t know were possible. You made me look deep inside myself and recognize my privileges. You taught me what a diverse community looks like. You showed me what a hub of technology and public health looks like. Though you are beautiful, you do have your shortcomings.
Yes, I know everyone told me Seattle would be rainy and gloomy but your beauty fooled me into thinking it wouldn’t be that bad. Let me tell you, the first few years, I couldn’t get used to your constant crying and gray days. I despised them so much that I spent so many of those days inside. Also you weren’t supposed to have snow days, and yet while I was there you had at least like 7 snow days… but I guess it wasn’t all that bad.
By year four the rainy days became normal, it didn’t bother me anymore. Sometimes it was even beautiful… as long as I was inside and watching you cry from my warm room. The snow… was actually breathtaking. You looked beautiful dressed in all white like it was your wedding day, though this year you celebrated your wedding for like a week… which was a little unnecessary, but I can’t deny how beautiful you were
You taught me that I love studying at coffee shops, even though you never did get me to start drinking coffee.You taught me that if I do go to coffee shops I’ll always order a chai tea latte. You taught me that I’m a tea kinda girl whose favorite tea spot is Tea Republik. You taught me that I do like boba as long as it’s in teas.You taught me that I love going to your farmers markets on the weekends and buying myself flowers. You taught me that I love getting dinners by myself on Friday nights.
You gave me so many memories and for that I thank you. I thank you for being so close to Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR because it meant more adventures for me. I thank you for showing me what a city with seasons is like. I loved watching you dress in oranges, reds and yellows in the fall and then shed your fall wardrobe in the winter. I loved watching you put on your pink dresses on during the spring and then clothing yourself in green in the summer. You reminded me to pay attention to the different scents you wore when you changed your wardrobe. You introduced me to so many incredible people and for that I’m grateful.
Seattle, I never thought I’d fall in love with you but you definitely charmed me into falling in love with you. As I left you, I cried. I cried for the places I left behind and for the people I said see you later to. Everyone now asks how I feel now that I’ve left you. I say it hasn’t hit me yet because a part of me feels like I’ll move back to you at the end of September. But when I remember that I won’t see you for a bit, I smile a little and say I miss you but I know this isn’t goodbye. So Seattle, to you I say thank you and see you later. I hope you don’t forget me because I’ll never forget you.
Your biggest admirer, Keertana