In just another month I will have lived in Los Angeles for longer than I've lived anywhere else. This confuses me because, technically, I still can't say I'm from here. It isn't my hometown, I wasn't born here. Yet it is now what I consider home. This has brought up a few questions about my roots and where I'm from.
When I go to Wisconsin (where I was born) I say I'm "from Los Angeles" but while I'm here I say I'm "from Wisconsin" which makes no sense at all. To make it worse, I lived in Minnesota for a number of years (middle school & high school) and I'm not sure how that fits into the picture either.
What about folks who have moved around much more than I have? Is "where you are from" always where you were born? What if you were born in a city you never lived in or have no recollection of? Or is it where you were during a certain span of your formative years? Which ones? Do you just pick somewhere based on what feels right?
Does time spent ever tip the scales? I don't think so. I lived in Wisconsin for eight years. I lived in Minnesota for eight years. Fast forward a whole bunch of years and now say I lived in Los Angeles for 60 years. Am I from LA yet? Nope. I'm only "from LA" when outside of LA and while here I will forever be from the midwest. Odd.
So I'm stuck either just picking a state halfheartedly or giving a slightly extended answer to the "where are you from" question.
So, where ya from? Where is home?-------
Photos from a random, amazing, hole in the wall burrito place. Mexican food will keep me here if nothing else.