Welcome To Grayson Series: Getting to Know You – Part 2: Being Anonymous

My first week in Grayson was mostly exploratory.  I got up insanely early and watched the sunrise.  I took pictures and tried to identify all the differences I expected to be so inherently visible to the naked eye.  Although there were differences, there was nothing that was flashing a red caution sign. And trust me, I was looking – hard.

I got lost, at least three times a day.  I was trying to get that out of the way before the kids showed, so I could fake some kind of confidence and show off my amazing navigational ability immediately upon their arrival. They never knew the frantic insanity that was finding Wal-Mart for the first time. In all the exploring, getting lost and overwhelming amount of new experience after new experience I came to realize that for the first time I understood a quote I never really got before, because it was suddenly my reality…

“I love the feeling of being anonymous in a city you’ve never been before” 

There were no expectations of me.  No one had an opinion, or knew anything about me.  I had nowhere to be – everything was new and it was amazing.  The grass was somehow greener, the mornings brighter, and the air sweeter. I got to fall in love with Grayson in a way that I think only newcomers can.  I signed my kids up for rec cheerleading and football at Grayson United Methodist Church before they even arrived into town (not that either of them had ever participated in cheerleading or football, ever). I had never even been to a Methodist Church.  Everything was new, and everything was going to get an opportunity.  I was bound and determined to make this my new community and home.

Reader thought of the week… Have you ever really let yourself get lost in order to really find yourself?  What would your life look like if no one had any expectations of you and you had the ability to be whoever you wanted to be – would anything change?  If you want to share – tell us about it!  email Jennie@graysonlocal.org


These are a few of the first pictures I ever took in Grayson.  Look familiar?  These were all taken in August of 2011 on Rosebud Rd, between Grayson Elementary and Bay Creek Middle.

Next Week- Welcome to Grayson Series Part 3 ~ Being the Sea Turtle

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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