Friday, October 03, 2014
It is a simple question
It is a simple question, where are you from? My answer is complicated. I have lived in five states and at the moment, don't feel a strong connection to any of them. I have been reading a book by a college student from Kansas who was awarded a scholarship to study in France for a year, and spent the year homesick for Kansas. Where would I feel homesick for? I was born in Michigan. Before the first grade I had visited Florida and Arizona. I went to half of the first grade on Phoenix. My parents were farmers in a seasonal farming operation in Michigan and my father was trying to escape the cold Michigan winters. Phoenix didn't work well and we didn't do that again until I was in the 8th grade. That is when my snowbird years began, I would start school in Michigan in September, in late October early November we would go to Florida, I would go to school in Florida, in late March we would go back to Michigan. I did that the rest of the way through high school. I left Michigan the fall after finishing High School and moved to Florida. For a couple of years I ran around saying, "back home we did it a different way." After a while people convinced me that they really don't care how you do it back home. I thought I would stay in Florida forever. I grew frustrated with the work I was doing and I fell in love. When sweetie bear was offered the job in Kentucky, I readily agreed to move. It was a fresh break and a chance to go back to school. I lived in Kentucky for 13 years. I adjusted well, but responded to where are you from, with, I live here but I am not from around here. Almost six years ago, I moved to northern Virginia, for the job in DC. I rented for a while, I have owned the condo for almost five years and it still does not register as home. So where am I from? No place that I feel homesick for.