Have you ever had preconceived ideas about something new or unknown? I had a lot of ideas about California before we moved here. I was sure I was going to get a fine for not recycling correctly. (I don’t think that is a thing). I thought all people I met would be fake and superficial. (Not all of them are). I was convinced I would never get anywhere because of the traffic. (This actually happens). I’m happy to say that my views of California have changed, thanks to our community and friends.
I have also realized some people have their own ideas about the Midwest. I have heard numerous Wizard of Oz jokes, asking me if my name is Dorothy or where my red slippers are. Some people think Kansas City is a small town. There was the time when I met a fellow school mom at the park one day. (She ended up being one of my dearest friends) As we talked, it came up that we were new here and I told her I was from Kansas City. A couple of weeks later she introduced me to some others as being from Kentucky. When I corrected her, she asked me if there was a difference between Kansas City and Kentucky.
Weather is always an interesting topic, like the time when it was hailing outside and my friend said, “It’s snowing!” She tried to convince me that hail and snow are the same thing. No, no they aren’t. Or the time someone told me they wished they could live somewhere where there was a real winter, including snow. I chuckled and thought to myself, “Spoken like someone who has never endured a real winter”.
I now laugh at the silly ideas I had in my head before we moved here. And I just want to say, “Sorry I judged you, California. I will try to lay aside my bias in the future.”