June 9, 2010. 9 years ago today I got married. I’ve been unmarried for seven years now. I remember when I left I thought I was leaving happiness behind me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I remember the first week of waking up in my own house and my own bed, and realizing each morning that nobody was going to yell at me that day. It was like a thousand-pound anvil had disappeared from my chest, an anvil I hadn’t even known was there. I’m glad I got married: I’m glad I loved and was loved, and I’m glad I left and found the life I wanted to live.

So I do celebrate my anniversary, because it’s worth remembering the mistakes we made, and it’s worth remembering what we learned from them, and it’s worth remembering the good things when there are good things to remember. And on this day my heart always goes out to people who are stuck, in any of the ways that people can get stuck. I hope you all get unstuck.

I will be celebrating, somewhat belatedly, by going with my girls to see ‘The A-Team.’ Because nothing represents growth like a good shoot-em-up summer movie, and a bag of popcorn, and friends.

About alexinwonderland42

Alexandra Scott grew up on a cattle farm in Virginia and cut her teeth playing out as a teenager in the Charlottesville music scene of the late 90’s. She loved Suzanne Vega, the Replacements, Waylon Jennings and early R.E.M. One day she packed her truck and moved herself to New Orleans, where she met producer Tim Sommer (Duncan Sheik) with whom she made two records and formed the Eno-homage, drone-punk ensemble Hi-fi Sky. Her star was rising in the Crescent City in the summer of 2005. She played Bonnaroo that year and opened for LeAnn Rimes. Then a large hurricane named Katrina formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Alexandra evacuated the day before Katrina hit with her dog, her acoustic guitar, her baggiest pair of jeans and some t-shirts. For a while, that was all she had. Amidst the grief and chaos of that time, she found that there was something about the stripped-away-ness of it all that she liked. She ended up in New York City, and then in Canada, and then in Providence. She has a long list of states in which her dog has peed. Alexandra plays underground pop, a type of rock ‘n roll that’s been dubbed *dream-a-billy.* She likes to turn out slow, simple dance songs for long lonely nights to come. After three years of wandering, Alexandra moved back to New Orleans to recover from a bad knee injury that left her unable to tour & to live in the place she loves best. When not writing songs, Alexandra works on her novel, a ghost story set in New Orleans, acts in film and television projects, and plays with her dog, Jack.
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