After getting married almost 31 years ago, my husband Mike and I left home, I from New Ellenton, SC and Mike fromAiken,SC. Since then we’ve lived in St. Louis, Tampa, Charlotte, a little village just outside Milwaukee, and then back to Charlotte. Our hometowns have changed as much as we have over the years, but there’s still something about driving down Whiskey Road in Aiken or the rolling hills between there and New Elenton that will always feel like home.
Saturday, April 20 at 3pm, I’ll be at the main branch of the Aiken County Library signing copies of my novel The Wisdom of Hair, which seems a little weird. Even though the building has been a bona fide library for many years, there will always be a part of my brain that thinks of it as Aiken Elementary School. Growing up, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been voted the girl Most Likely To Publish A Novel, but thank God our lives hinge on what we do beyond 18, even though it doesn’t seem that way at the time.
Songs and poems and novels have wasted a lot of words swearing you can’t go home again. But they’re wrong, at least as far as I’m concerned they are. And I’ll be in Aiken this Saturday with one of the dreams I left with fulfilled.