Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Home - Part One
Shortly after college, or maybe it was in college, I don't remember, I got into a conversation with someone that turned to the Dreaded Question:
"Where are you from?"
Up to that point, my answer varied all the time. This time I responded,
"I don't know."
He was incredulous. "What do you mean you don't know?"
"I just don't know where I'm from."
So he sought out to find the answer. "Well, where were you born?"
"Portugal. My life began in Portugal. Though, my parents are American so when we moved to the U.S. when I was six, I forgot the language and culture."
"Where in the U.S. did you live?"
"Seven years in a Chicago suburb. Five years in the Denver area. Then, I came to Southern California for college and haven't left. Yet."
By this point, he was starting to see my dilemma.
"Ok. Where are your parents from?"
"My dad was born and raised on the east coast. My mom was born in California and grew up mostly in Argentina and a little bit in Illinois. Really, I don't know where I'm from. I'm from all over."
He silently nodded his head finally understanding where I was coming from. (Pun intended.)