"I was so afraid of being myself. I was still in the closet, at least to my family. I think I felt the only way to be free was to go somewhere far away."
Excited for this new series! Love the follow-up picture of Chris now especially, because it answered the question I didn't even realize I was asking until I saw it: "But what about now?"
"...what I recall was trying to move forward and bashing into things constantly." Exact description of my 20s. (A time when I also lived in a little bungalow in L.A. It was a hard time, but also perfect.)
I love everything about this so hard, ahhhh
I love this feature!!
Love this new series and this post. I'm 57 and moved to LA in 1990 to work in the movie business. My obstacles were different, but the line, "I was so afraid of being myself," rings very, very true.
This is just such a great way to write about change across time. (Plus, Chris Wells!)
Looking forward to more in this new series! Well done.
I love Chris Wells and the Secret City! So nice to see him here on the Oldster, younger and even better now. ❤️💕❤️
The title of the novel!! 🤣 This was lovely, unpacking a snapshot in time, displaying the shining threads stretching between the past the present, here and faraway.
Great feature! Nothing more fun than reminiscing about old photos, and in fact reading other people doing so is right up there too.
What a lovely piece. Talk about "perfect," how about that last line!