|Oct. 11th, 2011 06:28 pm Do you have a "Home Town"?|
A law student, doing a "scavenger hunt" research assignment, meant to familiarize her with the library, just asked for my name and my home town. Its one of the questions on the assignment, and meant to ensure that the student has spoken with a reference librarian.
I had to tell her, "I don't think I have a home town any more".
Its true: I grew up in Naperville, IL, but I never felt like I fit in there. It was upper-middle-class, conformist, complacent. And, now that my parents have left that town, I'm never anticipating going back there again.
As for where I live now -- north Orange County -- meh. Its not some place in which I feel "at home", per se. I live there because its comfortably near both my wife's work and mine. What makes my house a home is because she is there -- she and our kitteh friends.
But the town itself? Not so much.
Has anyone else had that experience? Does anyone else feel that they don't, really, have a place they can call their home town?
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YES. I don't even feel at home in my house. It's just another place I live in.
My grandparents house (not the town, just the house) was a lot like home but they died and the house his going to be sold if my aunts and uncles ever stop behaving like snotty children. nothing I can do about any of it.
The place I lived for most of my early life, Irvine, NEVER felt like home. Quite the opposite. I always felt like an alien who'd landed. I was technically born in LA, so I guess that would really be more home than anything else, and it's always felt more that way. I'd had high hopes for the character of Fullerton as somewhere to proudly live as well, until all the drama with the cops blew up =(