Moon of Alabama

One afternoon my boyfriend and I were out on a walk with Bodie and he started talking about Montgomery, Alabama. How it was an up and coming city of the south and that there was a lot of booming businesses and a lot of potential for career moves. I remember I shrugged it off and said “wasn’t Jefferson Davis inaugurated in Montgomery?” He didn’t know. But turns out Davis was. It was the first Capitol of the confederacy.

Just days later I looked on NCAA marketplace to see what jobs were beginning to be posted because toward the end of lacrosse season you begin to see the job carousel. The lacrosse world is very small and usually if there’s a surprise opening you can get the back story to it in just two phone calls. Gossip spreads quickly. But there it was, a school I had heard of once before and it was located in Montgomery, Alabama. The place that so arbitrarily came up in conversation less than a week before. I clicked on the school’s link and I was intrigued.

A week later I decided to apply.

Three days after I sent my resume I had a phone interview with a man in Atlanta about the college. His wife worked at Emory. George’s initial surgery to remove the tumor was at the Emory hospital. I couldn’t shake that this whole thing manifested so quickly and was more than just a coincidence.

I set up my on campus interview and I was in Alabama on what would have been 20 months married. The school was small and quaint. Something you would see in an ABC Family television show. Brick buildings, massive football stadium on one side of the campus and a baseball field and tennis courts on the other. And in the middle of campus there was a small quarter mile long park. Flush with green and the shadows of the trees were like lacework on the paved path. It was beautiful and nothing I was anticipating. The following day I was offered the job.

It has been less than 2 years since George passed. I feel myself aching to move and experience what is out there. I’ve always wanted to live south because in college when I was learning about southern history it felt like a distant world. Even when George was alive I talked about how I wanted to move with him to Texas if his work ever decided to relocate him. Well this isn’t Texas but I think George has given me the push to take a risk and have me live the way I dreamed of.

Ill be moving to Alabama this summer and taking over the Huntingdon Women’s Lacrosse Program. It’s my next adventure and I cannot wait to live in a place I’ve read so much about and be around people who actually know who William Yancey is.

My time at Drew was so special and the unconditional love and support I received during my darkest days has given me strength to want to continue living. The people I’ve met here in New Jersey have impacted my life and will have a special place in my memories. image

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About J.

Fitness professional, fitness & nutrition writer, widowed at 28. Writing about getting through grief through self-care, physical activity, and the ​constant feeling of being uncomfortable.
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9 Responses to Moon of Alabama

  1. samdyljor says:

    This is so cool and yes I agree no coincidence MWAH xxx

    • J. says:

      It’s like he’s my personal guide. We’re always looking for signs and this one was just so apparent and I couldn’t ignore it.

  2. Shaelyn says:

    Hi! I’m Facebook friends with someone who is Facebook friends with you, and so when she liked your post about this on Facebook it showed up in my timeline. I am originally from Connecticut but I have lived in Montgomery for the last year and a half. I like about a mile from Huntingdon! Give a shout when you move or even before, if you need anything, and I’d be happy to show you around town. 🙂

    • J. says:

      Hi Shaelyn! What brought you to Montgomery? I’ll shoot you an email. Thank you for reaching out! I’m nervous about moving to a place I know no one, but I’m so relieved once I saw your reply! I wonder who our mutual friend is…

  3. Dear Julia, sorry to see you go, but oh, so glad you’re looking forward to life in a new state and a new reason for living. I’m so happy for you. You’ll always be a person remembered in my heart and how much you loved the Civil War and I learned something very brave from you. You are a blessing in disguise.

    • J. says:

      Pat, you got to see it all from the beginning and then see it come to a screeching halt. So I thought was a halt. But it’s so amazing how George just continues to push me to be better and remember to enjoy life. He had such a full life and I think he wants me to have one too.

  4. Laurie Henning says:

    Our son was recruited to play lacrosse at Huntingdon. We have spent the last year meeting with coaches and visiting campuses. Huntingdon felt right from our very first visit. As my son was making his decision, my husband and I were hoping Huntingdon would come out on top. Now that he has committed and we have completed orientation we feel so pleased with Jack’s decision. I truly feel that I am sending my son off to a family that will know him and care for him. It will be so hard to have him far from home and to not attend all games, but I trust he is in good hands. I hope you find the same welcome and comfort we are feeling at Huntingdon. It feels old school. It feels right.

  5. Kait says:

    Good luck Julia! Hope you are well.

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