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    Where is my home?

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    I have moved so much I don't think I have a proper home

     

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    I was born to a U.S. Marine and British Woman, who became an American citizen by the time of my birth in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We lived there for two years then moved on to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where I remember living in two different homes and where my family welcomed my brother. We were there for about 3 years when we moved once again and this time it was to San Angelo, Texas. San Angelo is where I say I was raised because from the age of 5 to the age of 13 I lived in San Angelo, which is a very long time for a military family. It is where I got my basic school and educational foundation. But while in San Angelo we moved 4 times, due to the fact that my father was then stationed to Washington D.C. after living in San Angelo for 5 years and my mother wanted to continue to raise us in Texas. After 3 years of living in two different homes away from my father we made one last big move.
    We then moved to the Florida Keys, in particular Big Pine Key, Florida. Within our first two years of living in the keys we had lived in three different houses. The third and final house was the first home my parents ever bought and have lived in now for 12 years. Florida was where I had my longest residency and it is where I say I am from because of that. I remember all the homes I have lived in and each had its great memories and each place there was some significant event that happened there.
    I really can't say where I am from. I teach English right now in Bangkok, Thailand and I just tell my students I am from Florida because it is easy, but when they want a more in-depth answer I must give them the story of how I was born in Hawaii, raised in Texas, and lived the longest in Florida. It makes for a long complicated story.
    I feel at home when I am with my family, be that my immediate family or my extended family. My father is from Cold Spring, Minnesota and whenever I go to visit my family I feel safe and loved. When I go visit my mother's family on the island of Malta I also feel safe and loved. I would say my home is where my family is. The homes don't matter too much, but the love and the memories are what make a family, wherever they are is where my home is.
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