When people ask where you come from, what do you say?
This week I visited my old home town whilst visiting my eldest son’s school and on the way out had a wistful drive around, remembering all the places we used to play as children and stopped to visit my Grandpa’s grave before I left.
On the drive back to Dorset it made me think about where I felt home was and where I come from (not in the biological sense).
I was born in Cleveland, or County Durham as it is now known but only lived up there for the first two years of my life so I don’t remember much. I would love to visit there again though and my Dad suggested we move back as house prices are so much lower up there, but it’s not home.
We then moved to Dorset, not far from where I am now and I had my first year of school here.
When I was 5 we moved to West Sussex and there I stayed until my teens, moving back to Dorset to do my GCSE’s, then returned to West Sussex for my A-Levels and stayed until I was 22. We had a shingle beach and used to walk the dog along the green sword, although he would dash off into the sea at any given opportunity.
Are you confused yet? (I am)
When I worked it out I have actually lived in County Durham for 2 years, West Sussex for 19 years and Dorset for 19 years, so where is home?
I think my childhood home will always be West Sussex as that is where I went to school and made some friends for life. Plus my two eldest children were born and Christened there, however, home is where I live now. I met and married my husband here, carved out a career here and my four younger children were born here.
All the kids have schooled in Dorset too and have friends and relatives here. We only have one family member left in Sussex now as my Mum and step-dad moved to Dorset 3 years ago to be closer to the family.
Where do you class as home – did you move around like I have?