Being a student at Penn State University, one of the things most frequently asked in an introduction discussion board is to share your hometown. I know this may seem silly, but I truly have a hard time with this. What constitutes a person’s “hometown?” Here is why I ask.
I was born in Michigan, where I lived only four years of my life. I remember almost nothing from that time period. When I was four and my sister had just turned one, we moved to Florida, where I was raised. I spent the remainder of my childhood there in that southern state and shortly after I reached my 18th birthday, I moved to Oregon once I had graduated high school. I lived there for 22 years. That is currently equivalent to over half of my lifetime. Both of my boys were born in Oregon. Now, for a little less than a year, I have been living in Pennsylvania, and I feel more at home here than I can remember elsewhere.
So, is my hometown where I was born? Is it where I was raised and graduated high school? Is it where I spent over half of my life and raised my own children? Or is the place I now call home? Do you see my dilemma? My guess is that Florida, the state in which I was raised, shared a “home” with my parents (until I was 10, and then it was only my mother) and my sister, and is where all of my “when I was growing up” memories and stories come from, would probably be the best choice when asked where my hometown is. But, then again, I really don’t know. Would anyone like to shed some light on this silly little concept for me? It will make posting my introduction to new classes so much easier!