As I was driving home from my last night out in Clemson I passed the recently closed Astro movie theatre-a slightly dilapidated but completely lovable landmark for any Clemson student. The marquee read “Thank you and goodbye. Closed.”
I found it very fitting. As I closed one chapter of my life, so did the Astro and written on the marquee were these simple elegant words that were completely fitting in that moment. I owe thanks to so many people, places, and events in Clemson.
Goodbye is what I said that night to my friends in Clemson. I said it the night before to my friends from work and high school and I said it two days later to my family and pets. Goodbye is a strong word because I will be seeing my friends again, many of them sooner rather than later, but I did say goodbye to that part of my life. I realized that I will not always live within a one hour radius of all of my friends and even if I moved back (I’m not) someone else would move away.
Closed perfectly defined those last few days in Clemson and Walhalla. I am not closed off to anyone but a certain period in my life ended and since then a new one has begun. I live in New York City and now have 3 days to put towards my New Yorker card.
What I’ve learned:
Little girls really do have lemonade stands on the sidewalk
You can have a yard sale in the city
Old men do gather in the park to play chess and if a game gets really good, they will abandon their own activity to watch.
A September Evening in a park in New York falls somewhere between delight and perfection