D.C. Tidal Basin

Native Son

“There is no place like home, there is no place like home” are the words that I remember Dorothy saying in The Wizard of Oz. I watched that movie twenty times or more, but I understand her words better now than I did then. I am a native Washingtonian who loves the city. I will say it’s not the political scene or the politicians or even the policies that come from here. I love it as being a vibrant and beautiful city. In my heart, I am a city dude. The picture you see is the view of the town I grew up seeing. If you have a mild familiarity of D.C. you might think this is the view from Northwest or Southwest, but actually, it is the view from Southeast.

The Sleeping Giant I Call Home

Don’t let anyone fool you, the best part of the city is the sleeping giant called Southeast. Can you believe that this is the view from one of the most economically challenged parts of the city? There is a line in a song that says “It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at” I will say that where you are from and where you are currently located have equal relevance to where you are going. So yes, it really is location, location, location. It’s where you’re from, where you are, and where you are headed. Learn to love and appreciate the place from whence you came, enjoy your current location, and look forward to the destination ahead that is built on the narrative of your past and present situation.

The Giant Awakens

The Gian has awakened and the landscape will never be the same. I wrote the above some years ago and there has been a steady transformation of the place that I call home. I know there is a lot of things being said about what is taken place in Southeast, but the changes do not change where I come from. Yes, the secret is out. The best part of the city has been discovered (economically speaking) and there is no way back. This is the point in the story where the future is embraced and understood. Here is where this links to life, you cannot undo what has been done. However, you do get to live with what you learned in order to leverage the value of that knowledge. We know what it was, what it is and now we have to look forward to what is becoming.

 

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