I've always had a hard time answering the question, "Where are you from?". I get annoyed when I'm asked this question because the answer is just too complicated. It's a fair enough question but I always find that people aren't ready for the full answer. If I give just one answer, something inevitably comes up in conversation that leads me to say "Oh well I'm also from..."
A few weeks ago, Chelle wrote two posts highlighting all of the places she's lived. I loved the idea and told her I'd be borrowing it. So, here it is, in all its complicated glory.
I was born in New Jersey. We moved to Arlington, TX right after my 3rd birthday. I have no recollection of these first 3 years of my life. My very first memory is from our home in Arlington.
We lived there until I was 8 before moving back to New Jersey. My parents had gotten divorced right after we moved to TX and my dad stayed in Texas. That commenced the first long distance relationship of my life. I spent every spring and summer break in Texas and would fly there right around Christmas every year.
I was in New Jersey until the end of 7th grade when I decided to move back to Texas. I had a lot more friends there and really didn't want to start high school in New Jersey, so I went to Texas, but by March I moved back to New Jersey.
This constant back and forth wasn't as tough on me as most people would believe but because of all of the problems I had at school, I always considered TX to be where I was from, and New Jersey to just be the place that I lived.
After high school, I went to Hofstra on Long Island, New York for college. I loved Hofstra...it was a short train ride from New York City and the campus was gorgeous.
While I was in school, I spent a semester working in London and had the time of my life.
When I graduated from college, I accepted a contract in Boston and headed up there. I was in Boston when I started this blog and after my contract was over, I packed up and moved to New York to start grad school.
In New York, I lived in the East Village in a bedroom that fit a full sized bed and not much else in an apartment with 3 other girls and two of their boyfriends. I hated it and left at the end of the semester for Hoboken, NJ.
After a semester in Hoboken, I got a job with NYU and was fortunate to have my housing covered, so back to the city I went. I was in the city for my 2nd year of grad school and when I graduated, The Pilot and I moved to DC together.
Three years later, I'm still happily in DC. This is the longest I've lived somewhere since I was 13 years old, and it's nice to have some stability. The Pilot and I aren't sure that we'll stay in DC forever, but we aren't looking to leave anytime soon.
Have you moved around a lot? Where's your favorite place you've ever lived?
If you could move anywhere right now, where would you go?