Saturday, April 16, 2016
Home - again
If you ask me where I am from, you are likely to hear in reply, "it is complicated." I have lived in five states. I have few connections and no desire to live in Michigan the place I was born (I am do for a visit.) I should go back and visit some dead relatives and remind myself how lucky I was to flee when I did. I have an emotional attachment to Phoenix that is hard to understand, I was in the first grade when my family lived there. I liked Florida, I miss the warmer winters, but I am not sure I would move back. There are oddities in Florida, there are nearly no rocks, the gardening seasons are really different and most transplanted yankees never figure it out (it is too hot in the summer to grow tomatoes.) I had some good times in Kentucky and really grew as an adult there, but neither of us ever really wanted to be there. It was where the jobs and opportunity were. When people remark that I am from Kentucky, I often correct them, that I am not from there, but I did live there for a few years (13.5 years.) Virginia still feels temporary. I have been here over 7 years, and still do not feel like I fit. I thought when I got a drivers license here and voted it would feel like I belonged, and still I feel alien.
But I am back home for the moment, to the place that I have my mail sent to. I have been in and out for a couple of weeks with conferences in Denver and Kentucky. I am home for a few weeks, then another couple of conferences and grand adventure vacation.
So where are you from and where is home?