Its really very strange. I will go months and months without a single person asking me where I am from. And then 10 people will ask me in two days.
I don’t really have an answer to that question. I mean, obviously, I am from the United States. But then people ask me what part. The real true honest answer is:
I was born in Massachusetts. I grew up in Connecticut. I went to Boarding School and 1 year of University in NY. I finished University in Iowa. I lived in California for 7 years. I’ve spent several summers in Ohio. I’ve also spent several summers in Maine.
I usually just give the shorter answer: Connecticut, but I lived in California for 7 years before I moved here.
And then I get asked where ‘home’ is. If home has to be in the US, then home is California, hands down. San Francisco Bay Area, to be specific. Where my brother and his wife and my two nieces live.
So what I really want to say when I am asked where I am from? Belfast.
And what is home? Belfast.
And I really don’t see myself ever going back ‘home’ to the US.