Paul Henderson is sponsoring a challenge this month, asking us to share the most unique or special place in which we've lived. His own story is amazing as you'll see when you read his challenge post and mine is quiet ordinary in comparison.
After growing up in one suburban community in northern California, I've had the opportunity to live in a variety of places as an adult. Each one has left an indelible impression on me, and helped make me the person I am today, for better or for worse.
Champing at the bit, yearning to be an adult and not wanting to face UC Berkeley in the mid-1960's, I left California when I was 17 and lived in a small community in Missouri, working in Columbia. That is where I became an adult, learned how to write a check (boy, was I naive!) pay rent, budget for food. Good thing I had a great roommate several years older than me to tell me what to do!
After returning to California a couple of years later, I then ventured off to Oahu to live and work in Honolulu. That was quite an adventure for a 22 year old, at the height of the Viet Nam war. It was here that I learned how marvelous and enriching living in a multi-cultural area could be; here where I began to form my social consciousness. Here where I had lots of fun, embraced new ideas, and joyfully explored the area.
My next stop in life's journey took me to San Francisco (just a few blocks from where I live today.) I rented a studio apartment with decrepit furniture, a crazy, alcoholic landlady, and a tiny old fashioned refrigerator built into a cabinet in the kitchen. I didn't care about any of that -- I had a bay window, and I was charmed!
Marriage and babies took me to the Peninsula suburbs for the next 37 years, and then when those joys, sorrows and responsibilities were behind me -- a new adventure.
My husband and I moved to San Francisco 5-1/2 years ago, and I'm as enthralled with living in The City as I was in 1970, and love sharing this adventure with Gene.
Everywhere I've lived has been great, experiencing new things with good people, always growing and learning. Should I say the present is the most special? Perhaps, because it is a gift not everyone is offered.