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Oh, Atlanta

I will be going home to Atlanta this Friday. For the last time.

It’s hard to believe that after this month, I will no longer call Georgia my home. It’s even harder to believe that I will probably never live there (at least not full-time) again.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Tim and I am excited about moving and I am very proud of how hard he has worked to afford us this opportunity.

But it’s my home. And I’m leaving.

Honestly, at this point it doesn’t seem real to me. I can’t really comprehend a scenario where Atlanta is not home base. I hate to say that a place defines me, because I know there is much more to me than that, but it has. It still does. My values, my attitude, my accent. Just about every part of me is Southern. It’s gonna be tough to walk away, no matter the circumstances.

I struggled with this since the first time it became a real possibility. Tim always listened to my concerns and was so understanding and much to my surprise, almost everyone in my family thought it was a great idea. “Why not now?” they said. “What an adventure!” All that enthusiasm makes it tough to question. All my fears and doubts have become guilt. If everyone else is so excited it’s not really fair for me to feel sad or scared, is it? I want to go. I do. I really think it will be fun but it’s one thing to leave your hometown; we pretty much couldn’t have gone any further without a passport. It’s going to be more than just an “adjustment.”

At any rate, things are being packed. Arrangements are being made to ship everything we own across the country. There’s no turning back now. Luckily, the closer it gets, the less interest I have in turning back. It’s sad, yes. But it’s thrilling, too. And Atlanta isn’t going anywhere. I can come back anytime I want and feel the city that I love. See the people who know me the best. Eat the food that builds a true Georgia Peach, hips and all. I guess it’s time to start embracing the future.

On that note, I can’t wait to get settled into our new place in California. It’s wonderful. My favorite thing about it is being in a valley. That’s not just a thing they say; we are literally surrounded by mountains. It’s staggering to say the least – every direction holds a breathtaking view. You ALL have to come visit. We have a spare bedroom. Contact me for bookings.

I also like that Tim will get to be in the epicenter of his industry. Not a lot of people get the opportunity to immerse themselves in their chosen field so early on in their career. I mean, seriously. It’s Nerd Mecca. I can tell that he is very ready to start his new job and start learning. One of my favorite things about Tim is his insatiable hunger for knowledge. He will never be satisfied with what he knows and Silicon Valley is the mothership. Certainly no shortage of information there.

Oh, and all the golf courses are ridiculous. We found a few that are literally on top of a mountain. AND YOU WON’T BE INVITED. (Anchorman? Anyone? No? Onward…) So Tim will be very happy about that. Maybe I will get better at golf. We’ll see.

In conclusion, I think everything is going to be wonderful. I think I will miss Atlanta terribly, but NorCal has some amazing adventures to offer. The world is what you make of it.

 

Don’t forget me, Atlanta! I’ll be back!

 

I get a feeling in me
When I remember all those crazy days and crazier nights
Can’t you hear the music playing?
You must have heard them saying
We’re gonna rip ’em up and light up the night

Oh, Atlanta
I hear you calling
I’m coming back to you one fine day
No need to worry
There ain’t no hurry cause I’m
On my way back to Georgia

 

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About katetatumbailey

I am a flygirl raised in ATL, living in SFO, and working out of NYC. Follow me twitter.com/kattatum

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