Still, this place feels like home. I am working from my favorite coffee shop today and it feels as if I have never left. This gives me the best opportunity to see familiar faces and stock up on our favorite roasts. Here, conversations flow at their normal pace. There's no pretense or uncertainty because friends are family. The whole thing just feels natural. I suppose that feeling is hard to shake after living in a place for most of one's life.
Memphis is still slowly working on becoming home. It used to bother me, but now I think that it's not a bad thing that the place needs more time to grow familiar. Places can be like people. Some are easy to get to know and become fast friends at first glance, while others are slow and more reserved. They take some work and perseverance to get to know them. If you are patient and listen carefully, taking care to let it be at their own pace, they will slowly open up and it will be like you knew them all along.