04 June 2010
Where am I from?
Somebody asked me this the other day and I realized that there is not an easy answer. When you move to a new area you will often be asked this question and most people will reply with the city or state where they were born. When I rattle of the places where I have lived I feel like what we used to call an “Army brat”, having moved from one location to another.
I was born outside of Chicago but grew up near Akron. I went to college in Columbus, OH and moved to Albuquerque soon after getting married. We lived in the Albuquerque area for 20 years with a short stay in Denver then moved to Italy. After three years we returned from Italy to Cleveland for a few months before relocating here to Alexandria, VA.
I grew up in Ohio but when people ask me where I’m from I usually respond Albuquerque. I lived there longer than anywhere else. The high desert area has left a strong impression on me and our time there has shaped our lives and our marriage.
I grew up in Akron, I’m from Albuquerque, but my dreams are firmly planted in Italy.