I have a complicated relationship with Baltimore. Like most people with their hometowns, I couldn't wait to leave it as soon as possible (said the girl who chose to go to college there). It felt too insular, too familiar. But that's exactly what makes it so great. It's a tight-knit community of people, most of whom have never lived anywhere else. They take pride in their city and work hard to make it better.
Since Saturday, I've been getting texts and calls from family and friends in Baltimore describing the scene unfolding around them. It's scary and incredibly upsetting. I'm not going to chime in on the national discussion revolving around oppression and violence because that's not what this blog is about. Instead I'd like to focus on what a great city it can be despite its reputation and current portrayal in the media.
After years away from Baltimore, I find myself nostalgic for the quirk and yes, charm of the city. I'm supposed to travel there on Thursday to run a race downtown with my family and still plan on doing so. Baltimore is a tough place filled with resilient people and to stay away from it feels wrong.
Sending love and hope to everyone there! See you soon!