We got permission to share the beautiful Cincinnati story of one of our Cincy Story Mural Team members, Maria. Enjoy!
|Maria, showing some Cincy love.|
Our time together has been amazing but I must be honest and tell you that I will be leaving you soon. It’s not you it’s me. The decision wasn’t an easy one. My heartstrings are pulling me back to my family who are on the west coast. You’ve been here for me through thick and thin and you have been instrumental in my personal growth. You know me and you know I’m not very good at talking about my feelings. However, I think it’s only fair that I recognize the journey we’ve had together and thank you.
I will never forget the early summer afternoon I drove to my new apartment in Mount Airy. You were filled with sunshine and optimism. All I had to my name was a single box of items, a suitcase with clothes, and a small black cat. I was scared and excited to live on my own and have my own space. Despite the loss I faced weeks earlier you filled me with the hope that things will get better with time.
When I began to let my roots dig into the soil of Mount Airy you pushed me in ways I didn’t expect. You constantly humbled me and reminded me that my learning will never end. When I graduated college I felt the weight of everyone’s expectations push me down. I felt weak if I didn’t know an answer to a question or know how to deal with certain situations. In your own way, you reminded me that I might trip and fall but the key is getting back up and applying my new learning towards creating a better self.
You’ve also been instrumental in introducing me to amazing people, places, and food. Remember that time I was leaving for work this past Fall when I ran into my next door neighbor? The conversation I had with him reminded me of the importance of building relationships with the people we live around and how easy it is to miss moments of beauty. You helped make that happen.
Do you also remember that time I tried Skyline Chili for the first time? I’m still confused as to why people would put chili on pasta, but the vegetarian style chili on a baked potato has grown on me. I could sit here all day and reflect on the moments of learning and loving you’ve provided me with. No words can really express the way I feel. I want to thank you again for what you have given me. Please don’t be angry. You mean a lot to me and I can only hope that I’ve left a memorable impression upon you much like the one you made upon me. I love you Cincinnati.