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I am moving to western North Carolina! September 29, 2009

Posted by Jenny in Uncategorized.

It was a decision in the making since this spring—I am going back to the Smokies.  It started with a major personal upheaval in late March, when my 14-year relationship with Bob abruptly ended.  This was truly a horrible event— I would describe it as potentially life-withering, definitely life-staggering— but after I cleared away some of the rubble, I began to see opportunities.  Take advantage of being self-employed—sell the house—move somewhere that has mountains.  At first I thought it would be northern New England, but then I started thinking Smokies.  And once I started thinking Smokies, I …well, kept on thinking Smokies.

For certain logistical reasons it’ll be western NC instead of east Tennessee, where I lived in the 80s.  I stumbled upon a nice-sounding short-term rental in Brevard, where I’ll stay for a few months while I get a feel for the surrounding counties.  Harvey, the guy who rented me the place, told me that Brevard is famous for its white squirrels and that Transylvania County has “more than two hundred and fifty named waterfalls.”  I was impressed.

I’ll be in Brevard in less than three weeks.  While doing some packing in the attic, I came across an old diary that I kept when I did a three-month hitchhiking trip across Europe at the age of 18.  I am going to break from my usual format and post a series of pieces about this trip.  I am happy about my decision to move but feeling a bit unsettled these days, and the idea of writing a continuous series appeals to me right now.  I have learned to trust these impulses.


1. A Friend - September 29, 2009


I think this is a moment to pull out the Whitman, which, like a single malt whiskey, is an acquired taste but fine, for this special occaison:

AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune;
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.

Godspeed on your new adventure.

2. Jenny - September 29, 2009

Thank you, friend. It’s been a long time since I saw those lines, and now they have new life for me.

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