09 October 2012

cleveland, I'm yours

To say I love the city of Cleveland is not enough. It catches me breathless each time I drive towards the skyline and the best part of leaving is getting to come back. Naturally, then, I decided it was the perfect setting for a new novel I'm working on. And while I'm not one to share my writing this early, this is, without a doubt, the most beautiful paragraph I have ever written and if I never write another word ever again I can die a satisfied writer. 

So of course I had to share it.


Ask anyone who has never been what they know about the city of Cleveland and they will tell you that our river once burned. A shared love of failing sports franchises, our hearts broken by owners and players alike, and the perpetual attitude of waiting for next year makes it easy to believe Clevelanders are a hopeless bunch. But we are neither disheartened nor desperate nor naïve. If anything, we hold dear to our hearts the constant reminder of the crooked river burning, embracing the jokes and chuckles of non-residents. For we are not the miserable city in the snow that outsiders label us, but the optimistic, hopeful metropolis that refuses to give into the hype. For we know, like the river that surrounds us, the beauty that can be bloomed from ash.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

17 comments:

  1. I feel so similarly about Cincinnati. I always said I wouldn't settle here. Then I was on my way home from working in Jackson, MISS for 6 weeks and as I came around the Cut-in-the-Hill (Cincinnatians know what I mean - it's a bend in I-75 in KY), I was just blown away by the skyline and the overwhelming feeling of "home". I've not really considered leaving since then.

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    1. Former Kenuckians know what you mean, too :)

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    2. I think every Cincinnatian has a "cut in the hill moment"- it seems all my friends and neighbors here cite that as the time they knew this was their home. :)

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    3. Cut-in-the-hill = one of my favorite views! I, too, never thought I would love Cincinnati as much as I do...or really Ohio for that matter. But where I once thought about leaving and going somewhere more "glamorous" or whatever, I now can't imagine being anywhere else. At least our baseball team is in the playoffs. Our football team is about as good as yours.

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    4. Other Cincinnati people - if you are Jill's friend, you can be my friend, too! :) Hello! Nice to meet you.

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  2. I LOVE THIS. I'm still heartbroken over LeBron leaving ... and still so mad at him. SO MAD.

    P.S. Your view is amazing.

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    1. Yes it is :) I was debating between two identical apartments in the building and my dad convinced me to go with the one with the view. I'm so glad he did!

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  3. I love anyone that can shed a positive light on Clevelanders as full of hope instead of people who get screwed by their sports franchises. Chad and I watch the "Cleveland" episode of 30 Rock all the time! "For God’s sakes Lemon, we’d all like to flee to the Cleve and club up at the Flats and have lunch with Little Richard, but we fight those urges."
    "Right. lf the whole world moved to their favorite vacation spots, then the world would live in Hawaii and ltaly and Cleveland. "

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    1. Hahaha, I think all the haters are just jealous they don't live here ;)

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  4. So...will this book have a character named Amy??? I have been asking for years now sis. Throw your baby sister a bone?

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  5. I love this because I too am ridiculously, fabulously in love with my city. Love that you feel the same way!

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  6. This. Is. Awesome! My parents got E tickets to the Rock Hall for his birthday. We're planning to come up between Christmas and New Year's, leave the kids with my parents, and spend the day (and night) in Cleveland. So, yeah...if you have any good restaurant or hotel suggestions...I'm open to them.

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    1. Absolutely! I can't help with the hotels really, but definitely the restaurants :) I usually take that week off from work so depending on what you end up doing maybe we can figure out a time to get together.

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  7. What a great paragraph! I wish I could find the time to write, but right now it is one of those things I can't squeeze in my life.

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