As time neared last year for our move from Nashville to Shelbyville, I remembered Lisa Douglas when Oliver moved her from New York City to Green Acres USA. (For you youngsters out there, bear with me.) Would I miss city life that much? I already knew that Shelbyville came with a Wal-Mart and a Lowe's, and I don't mean to overlook the dress shops, boutiques, and such. I wasn't accustomed to shopping in Green Hills where they have designer stores, but I do like an occasional trek through Macy's or Dillard's. First, we discovered that we were on the north side of town - toward Murfreesboro. They are large stores there! Since the move I don't go to the department stores as often and discover I'm not spending as much. We used to live within 3 miles of a mall, and I could just whip into the parking lot on the way home from work. There is such a thing as "shopping on-line", but it's just not the same. Like a kid, I enjoy seeing and touching whatever it is that I want. There is something about the pleasure of having my new suit put on a hangar with a plastic bag draped over it; having the lady at the Prescriptives cosmetic counter (Amanda at Hickory Hollow Macy's) make up my brows just so-so; feeling the fabric in the 100% cotton sheets only to realize that a little polyester makes them a tad softer against your body.
Will Shelbyville grow more? I'm surprised by the growth spurt of Tullahoma. However, the size of Shelbyville is part of its charm.
I promise not to act like Lisa Douglas. I'll be nice and continue to grow in my appreciation of this town, county, and the people here. After all, this is my home.