Sunday, November 8, 2009

Missing "Home"

The past few days I have seen a few comments on FB of people missing "home". These folks have been transplanted to another state for whatever reason and are missing their roots.

It must be the time of year. The holidays are always the hardest for people away from their family and long time friends. I suffer the same affliction during the holidays myself, only mine is not for "home" but for my very few family members left behind.

It's been almost 2 years since I have been living in Texas now. I can't say that I really miss my hometown in Alabama at all. The hometown I knew and loved growing up is not the same one it is now. Cities change and as a city grows so do the inhabitants. My hometown was gone way before I left.

When I think about missing the city I spent over 40 years of my life I think about the fact that in Austin I will never:

Run into someone that I went to second grade with or my sixth grade teacher.

Know the back roads to get to a destination.

Know about that cool place that teens used to hang out that is now torn
down and replaced with a mall.

Know what people are talking about when they say you remember when this and
that happened here??

Watched the city grow and change into what it is today.

Drive everyday by the hospitals where I gave birth to my children.

Know that certain areas are just not the "cool" areas of town.

Know that even though a body of water looks inviting it's not swimable.

No, I will probably never experience these things. Maybe after 40 years of living here I will....


  1. Yeah, it's not really Mobile, AL I miss at's my family. I think the city I'm in is a far better city in which to raise a family. Tons of activities, family oriented, and personally, I LOVE the fact that I know I will never run into someone I went to highschool with here!

    But family...It's a tough choice.

  2. I think we all tend to be a little nostalgic this time of year. Me, I have no desire to go back to where I began, I just miss my kids....