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  • Friday Quote.
  • Micah Whitson

Friday Quote.


I'm sitting at Logan airport, about to board a plane. I'm headed to Athens, Ala. for homecoming and my 20th high school reunion. The only baggage I'm bringing will fit in the overhead compartment. Like a lot of kids, I wanted to get out of my home town. I grew up within twenty miles of where I was born. Anyone who moved into town was exotic. They'd had adventures and knew other folks and I didn't. I wanted to see their home soil and meet their far flung friends. I wanted to go. I was a mutt. I wasn't from a family with a name. We lived in a little pink house on N. Madison street and I shared a room with my four brothers. When I got into middle school, we were living on food stamps. Mom was busting her ass with three jobs and night school to get a degree, but the bills weren't all adding up and so she turned to the government for help. I'm glad she did. The town of Athens was kind to us. Our church and our community, time and again, helped provide for the kids in the pink house. Men from the Methodist church would come get us and load up the pickups and we'd go cut firewood to get us through the winter. More well-off families would help out by buying quarts of chicken soup they didn't need so we could fulfill our band quotas to go march in the Sugar Bowl or in St. Louis. Guys from the fancy sub divisions would invite me over, despite being literally and figuratively from the other side of the tracks. I left. I've been gone longer than I was there. The house was foreclosed on in 2000. Mom moved to another town. I haven't been back to Athens itself but once or twice in twenty years. So I'm boarding a plane. Excited. To catch up with folks I haven't seen in 1 or 10 or 20 years. Excited to hear the home crowd cheer on the Golden Eagles. Excited to sweat through my shirt despite it being mid September. Excited to see the place that raised me up and sent me out.
  • Micah Whitson