We have lived in Paris, TX for three months.
1. I am in awe of the quiet, the calm.
2. It is a blessing to watch my small-town husband, who for 45 years worked hard at becoming citified, reconnect with his roots. He is rediscovering long lost friends, and they are rediscovering him. Even though I often walk away from yet another “do you remember, and whatever happened to…” conversation, I am thrilled for John.
3. I want to work. I don’t want to work. I want a job. I don’t want a job. I want to contribute. I don’t want to feel obligated. I want to serve. I don’t want to be bothered. I want to feel productive. I don’t want to feel bound. I want to find my place. I don’t want to feel pressured. I want to think and solve problems. I don’t want to feel responsible. Truth be known, I want my place in Paris to find me, tap me on the shoulder, and clearly state, "this is where you belong."
4. Much to our surprise, we have found a church home. We joined First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as soon as we realized that this community of welcoming, thoughtful, open-minded, devoted, accepting and sincere Christians exists in Paris.
We find ourselves among Christians with whom we can openly voice our disbelief in the notion that God, the Father, sent his son to suffer and die so that the rest of us could be forgiven of our sins. I can openly express my view that, much like Martin Luther King or Gandhi, Jesus was executed by folks like most of us, folks who will not tolerate the passionate, non-violent action of Love on a consistent, daily basis. We make repeated and creative attempts to silence Love. Jesus’ death and resurrection demonstrate that we can’t kill Love. And that changes everything.
5. Last summer we sold Fredericksburg peaches and veggies under the hot sun in south Austin. This summer we are growing our own peaches and veggies.
6. Here’s what I know today: Life is not predictable. Seriously unpredictable. Six months ago I had no inkling that Paris, TX lay just ahead. The willingness to follow an intuition that seemed unrealistic led us here, and we are so, so grateful.