greygirlbeast (greygirlbeast) wrote,

"Follow my fast fading heart."

And here I am, on the twentieth anniversary of my move to Athens, Georgia from Birmingham, Alabama. It was a move that changed everything for me. Probably, it was a move that saved my life, literally/ And I feel like, somehow, I ought to have been able to mark it today, but I wasn't. I left only three years after I arrived, on August 9th, 1997. That was, I know in retrospect, a mistake. I should have stayed. But I had reasons that seemed valid at the time. They seem little more now but sad and naïve.

Today, twenty years ago, I left the apartment at #5 1619 16th Avenue South in Birmingham — where'd I'd lived since January 1990 — to the Carriage House at 279 and a half Meigs Street, Athens, on the property of the Camack House. I became a professional writer there. I finished Silk there. I was in a band. I traveled to Manhattan, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and many other places for the first time. And a terrible thing happened that I do not, today, feeling like specifying. Possibly the most terrible thing in my life.

More happened to me there in only a little more than three years than, it often seems, has happened in all the years since I left.

I arrived twenty-nine and left thirty-three.

Athens was a safe-ish place to be when I needed such a thing. Such a very long time ago. So.

I think that's all I have for now.

Tireder Than Twenty Years,
Aunt Beast
Tags: 1994, 1997, alabama, athens, birmingham, georgia, silk, then vs. now

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