me and my family ca. Christmas 1986/1987
This is a question I have always struggled with, at least in the traditional sense of the word. I was born in Memphis, TN but moved around a lot throughout the south when I was young until we found ourselves piled into our Suburban heading up North to Pittsburgh, PA when I was 12, almost 13. This move was the first time I remember feeling sad to leave. I had made a lot of good friends and even had a little bit of a social life that I was having to leave behind. Not only was I one of the new kids entering early teen hell but I was the one who talked funny. You know that southern accent stands out when surrounded by
If you are thinking I was an army brat, you would be wrong. My dad worked in the Waste Management business - I promise he wasn't in the mafia or anything (at least that is what he has told me) so with each new promotion came a need to relocate. For a long time I felt like one of those 3rd Culture Kids (TCK for short) that both Casey and Bonnie write about it on their blogs. I never really knew where I fit in. I mean I know I didn't grow up in another country but there were times like I felt had due to the culture differences between the north and the south. I talk fast, say y'all, hate the cold weather and love people which at first seemed to be total opposite in the north (don't worry, I realize now that isn't all true).
While I was not born and raised in Pittsburgh, like most of the people who live here were, when someone asks me where I am from, I now proudly tell them "I am from Pittsburgh." And as pissed as I was at my parents for relocating us again, I am glad that they did. Like a lot of TCK feel, I am now grateful for it all. It has made me who I am today.
Where are you from?
Did you move around a lot?
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