I’m asked “Where are you from?” quite often these days. You’re bound to get that a lot when you’re new to a town. The trouble is, I don’t know how to answer. I’ve lived in a few different places…
Although I was born and raised in the city and my parents still live there, I don’t like saying I’m from Miami. I haven’t lived there in over ten years and, unless things get to a desperate state, I plan to never return. I generally dislike Miami, although being away from it has increased its appeal and some aspects of it have changed in ways that are compelling to me.
Still! I don’t like saying I’m from Miami. But I do enjoy the look on people’s faces when they hear I’m from there– I don’t seem like someone who is from Miami, which is important to me.
I went to college at UF, but never intended to stay after graduation. I think the only time it was appropriate to say I was from there was when I attending Florida and was traveling with fellow college students.
I’d really like to say I’m from there. I lived there for six years. I voted there; rented my first apartment there; and I still read local news from there. I have more friends in the District than I do in Miami. I’d definitely live in D.C. again if it ever came up.
I’m not from here, and the question of “What makes someone from here” is the central topic of this blog. However, when I travel away from New Orleans I can certainly say I am from here… right? If I’m still in New Orleans 20 years from now, I wonder if people will ask me where I’m from. It would seem silly to say I was from Washington, because at that point D.C. would just be a place I stopped along the way in my life’s journey.
Perhaps I will just say I’m from D.C. until it no longer feels right.
What do you think? How do you answer when someone asks you where you’re from?