A friendly encounter in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Photo taken at: Chattanooga, Tennessee

In each one of the cities I’ve been to, there has been one individual or one experience or one life story I heard while working on Lessons for Life that stands out.

On my drive from Nashville to Atlanta yesterday, I decided to make a quick stop in Chattanooga, TN, which is basically a small city by the Tennessee-Georgia border.

I was looking for a coffee shop and desperately needed to use the restroom. Once I got to Chatanooga, I spotted an open parking spot on my right hand side that only required me to drive forward (and not parallel park, thank goodness). Fortunately this placed me right in front of a coffee bar situated inside a hip pizza joint.

When I walked inside the establishment, I was nervous. I didn’t know anything about the people of Chattanooga and I had no concept of the city other than the fact that it existed.

When there was an accident on the highway a few miles north of Chattanooga, I decided to take a detour which led me through a rural area where I saw a few confederate flags and militia style gun shops. So, I didn’t know what to expect.

Inside the coffee bar/pizza joint was where I met Brittany, who was the hostess. I told Brittany how I was feeling and what I was concerned about. I think it was obvious that I was a little bit flustered. She looked at me and smiled.

To make a long story short, after telling Brittany about my trip and asking her to partake in my project, she invited me out to ice cream where she showed me a cute part of town on the other side of the bridge.

I couldn’t believe she did that. I said yes? Then I got into her car and now I can’t believe I did that. I can’t believe she invited a total stranger into her car too… Anyways, it ended up being a great afternoon and I think I now have a friend in Brittany… ????

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