Honestly, this post originally started out all about Seattle and just how beautiful the city is. The blooming flora year-round. The lush green landscapes. And the mild climate. It’s undoubtedly pretty amazing.
But I deleted all of that and started over because the thing is, what’s really most beautiful about Seattle is all the people we’ve come to know while here.
I’m not certain even where to start because everyone has shown us such kindness and love. Each and every one of you has a unique light that emulates.
When we first moved here, I was a bit skeptical. I’m not sure why. Maybe somewhere along life’s bumpy road I was hurt and was left doubting myself. Where would I even fit in in such a big community? (Coming from Montana, Seattle was huge).
But we went to shul and really no matter which shul it was, people came up to us and asked us who we were and they introduced themselves. We got invited out for Shabbos meals and got to know so many wonderful people.
We moved into a townhome in the community and there were so many Jewish families living there. It was amazing, literally just coming home from work you’d run into so many people. And you’d get to visit without having to make plans first. This was where I met many of my friends here. Our next-door neighbors are still one of our best friends to this day, even though they have moved years ago to the complete opposite end of the country.
We then were so lucky to find our beautiful home. It is far from shul, but it was one of the best investments we’ve ever made. And so many amazing memories were made here.
We are beyond blessed to have both next-door neighbors with kids the same age as our kids. They are both such kind and caring families and have become friends we can lean on.
But beyond our subjective selves, I’ve seen members of the community show others so much love and compassion. And it always impresses me so much. I wish I could go through and name everybody because they all have their own traits that shine so strong.
There are those who aim to inspire others to learn Torah, and to grow. You are all a huge inspiration to me. And I always enjoy learning from you.
There are so many individuals who would go out of their way to help those who need it. People need help and people in this community anticipate the needs of others and fulfill them the best that they can. Which often surpasses my expectations.
I am beyond grateful to have gotten to know everyone here.
Seattle is truly an out of town community. Where anyone can feel so welcomed and a part of a community. You won’t get lost amongst the crowd like the city, and others will always be there for you.
If you’d like more information on the community please check out my friend’s website: seattlejew.com