Black Girls in Columbus?

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally forwards in whatever way they like.” - Lao Tzu

I am a native Clevelander of 30 years. To uproot abruptly meant leaving behind a life of comfort. From knowing every side street to make a shortcut home to the bouncer at a local nightclub. From having favorite seat at a local restaurant to seeing familiar faces.  I made a footprint in the sand, forming friendships and partnerships that would last a lifetime.  Starting over had my stomach in knots, a lump in my throat, and days of thinking what if.

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The best way to face this change wasn’t to think about it any longer, but instead feel everything!  

I thought I would fail because I made the move by myself, not having any friends or family here in Columbus.  I thought Columbus would be boring, I thought it would take me forever to learn my way around.   But I also felt the move would be beneficial, that it would help me grow, that I could create change somewhere else.   

Despite what I thought and felt, here is what I know, some rules of the road - 71 South from Cleveland, to Columbus to be exact, to assimilate into a true C-Buser.

 I'm official. My first Kroger card

I'm official. My first Kroger card

  1. You should always dress in Ohio State Buckeye gear no matter what! Going to the grocery, scarlet and gray, to the doctor appointment Ohio State hoodie, to the wedding Ohio State T-shirt, walking the dog, Ohio State pajama pants.

  2. The proper greeting in this central Ohio city is;

     Person One: O - H    Person Two: I -O
  3. The freeway is accessible from any part of town. But make plans to leave an hour and a half earlier than scheduled to get somewhere on time.  Columbus has grown exponentially, becoming the 15th largest city in the nation with over 850k people.

  4. Columbus is only two hours from three other Ohio cities: Cleveland to the north, Cincinnati to the south, and Toledo to the West.

  5. White Castle survived down here.

  6. Columbus is home to a few of my retail favorites including Bob Evans, Victoria Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, the Limited, and Express.

Bob Evans

It’s been two months since I’ve acquired the new title of Columbusite.  I will forever be a Clevelander; I just have two homes now.  I can’t wait to explore all that Columbus offers and being an extension of Black Girl in the CLE to the 614.