Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Where is Home, It's complicated
I was strolling through the photo archives and I came across this. It was taken near where I presented a training on health care decision making in south central Kentucky back in 2008. It was part of a traveling road show, we did three programs, in three remote locations in one week. Most of us stayed in hotels along the way, one of the trainers insisted on driving herself home each night and back to the training location each day. Her average day was over 300 miles of driving. She insisted that she wanted to go "home" each night if she could.
If you ask me where home is it is complicated. I was born in rural Michigan. I went to the first grade in Phoenix Arizona. I went to half of high school in Michigan and half of high school in Florida. I lived in central Florida for 18 years. I lived in Kentucky for 15 years, I still own a home there and go back a couple of times a year (husbear teaches there.) I own a condo in Alexandria Virginia and work in Washington DC. I have no desire to live in Michigan, the place of my birth ceased being home soon after I moved away. I like Florida, but I am not sure I would want to live there again. Kentucky was a place of opportunity - not a place we ever planned to live for a long term. Virginia is okay, but I have little connection to the place. I own two homes, but I am not terribly attached to either of them - neither feels like home. Like I say, it is complicated.
Where is home for you?