Stay Nice, Colorado


There are two ways of saying, “you’re so nice.”

The first way to say “you’re so nice” is laced with curiosity. There are subtle hints of disbelief and a few dashes of surprise.

The other way to say, “you’re so nice” is riddled with disdain, with mistrust, like they wanted to say “you must be faking it” but instead it comes out “you’re  so…nice (yuck).”

It’s a cultural thing, I am understanding. Not a Leah thing. I am not the nicest, most polite, gentle creature that ever graced the East Coast – no. I am just not from here…I am cut from different cloth.

No, I won’t flip you off when you drive too slowly. You’re just taking your time. So am I.

I am not going to go out of my way to NOT introduce myself either. Instead, I’ll walk right up to you, Colorado smile glued to my face, hand stretched out in front of me.

You don’t have to say you’re welcome when you give me my change at the grocery store, but I will always say thank you.

Please. Thank you. You’re welcome. Pardon me. Good morning. See you later. Take care. These saying are not just phrases, they’re my culture. They are the blood that runs through me like the Colorado river rips through the canyons. I cannot go out of my way to avoid you. It’s not my style. When your eyes meet mine, expect a smile. I’m moving with the flow, not faster…You gotta slow down.

Whoa, did you just hear me? Did I just say, “You gotta slow down,” and not have it be referring to myself? That’s always the line of advice I give to myself. Slow down Leah, take it easy. Don’t rush things. Now I am the slow one…Everyone else around me is in a rush.

It’s different over here. The lines are longer, the traffic is heavier.. More people occupy less space. And I get it. There are places to go, people to see. If you’re not moving fast you’re going to get run over.

Is that a bad thing? Not really. Is everyone rude here in Delaware, Maryland, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York…? No. Not really. But it is different.

And I am here to tell you, stay nice Colorado. Keep singing good morning. Keep excusing yourself when you’re in the way. I am so proud that I am that person. And I am seeking more people like that. It’s harder to find out here. Harder, but not impossible.

It’s been 3 months since I moved out here.. And the greatest news is I’ve finally found a friend – even a little friend group to call my own.. And you know what they like about me? What I bring to the table because of where I come from. I’m different than what they’re used to.

So stay nice Colorado. Stay nice.



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