|Born in Baton Rouge, destined to be a Tiger.|
|Some of my Lafayette girls.|
After a few years, I stopped identifying myself as being from Lafayette, and instead really invested in making Baton Rouge my home town. It had LSU, after all. And it’s where I was born, so responding that I was from Baton Rouge wasn’t too much of a stretch, until it was met with the follow up question of “Where did you go to high school?”. Apparently, simply going to college somewhere doesn’t give you the right to claim that college town as your own.So what are people truly asking when they ask ‘where are you from’? Are they asking where you live? Where you were born? Where you went to grade school? High School? College? Grad School? Are they asking where your parents live? Where you would take someone for a hometown date on 'The Bachelor'? Where your hometown visit would be if you were a finalist on 'American Idol'?
|The first 9 years of my life were spent in this house in New Orleans, Louisiana.|
|New Orleans- The start of my Soccer Career.|
Here is my general spiel: I grew up in South Louisiana and spent time in New Orleans, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge. I went to high school in Lafayette and college at LSU. Then we moved to Texas and lived in Midland for 2 ½ years before moving to Houston for 18 months. From Houston, we came to Aberdeen, where we currently live.
|Our First home in Midland, Texas.|
Ultimately, I think that when people ask you where you’re from, their generally trying to get a sense of your cultural background, and to make a connection with you. One benefit of jumping around a lot, is that you cast a wider net for making connections with different people. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m ‘from’ west Texas, but after spending 2 ½ years there, I can strike up a conversation about wind storms, desert heat, and Red Raiders football. And the fact that I’m ‘from’ so many places says a lot about me as well. There is a lot of information packed into my well-rehearsed ‘home-town’ response.
|Exploring our new "home town".|
No, I wasn't born and raised in any one place, and It's likely that my children won't be either. Heck, even Bailey has lived in 4 different cities in the 6 year span of her life. But there are a slew of Military, Oilfield, and Diplomat brats who can all relate to living a transient and nomadic life.
|Mike the Tiger has always been an important landmark in my life.|
It has become hard to use geography to define myself, so instead I generally identify myself in terms of my friendships, my marriage, my family, and my relationship with God. Ultimately, my citizenship isn’t in New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Midland, Houston, Scotland, or even the United States. Ultimately my citizenship is in heaven, and I believe that God has used my frequent sense of displacement to remind me of that fact. Because the question of where you’re from is never as important as where you are going.
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20