I can’t actually think of a time beyond boyhood when I thought I was going to stay. It’s strange. Ungrateful, I suppose. You were the only thing I knew and somehow you weren’t enough. But my interests and ambitions grew beyond any realistic expectations. Far beyond the reach of your panhandles. And I suppose that changes a relationship forever.
Read the full article by West Virginia native (California resident) Jason Headley here
Like Jason and many others, I have always had a love and reverence for my homestate but knew if I were to ever achieve my dreams I would have to leave. This article is so beautiful, personal and yet still relatable.
West Virginia really is a special place but only natives recognize it. The rest of the world sees us how we have been portrayed and not how we are. The piece is related to Hollow, which will address rural brain drain and youth exodus in West Virginia.
So kudos to Jason for putting these memories and shared feelings so eloquently in writing.